2500 miles - pros, cons, etc
3 months with my Rebel 500, and wanted to share a few thoughts.
Highway Riding - I've taken a few road trips so far, and overall I am very pleased with how the Rebel handles the highway. No issues with speed and power. The Rebel can cruise 70-80 miles per hour without struggling. Only time I get sketchy is when a semi passes, I have to move over some so the wind force is minimal. This is where a little more weight/stability would be nice. Fuel economy is awesome, for 5 dollars I can ride all weekend, crossing the state and back home.
Local Riding - Rebel is perfect for this. I cross over a few Railroad tracks that were pretty hard on my back. I turned the shocks up one click, and this problem has been resolved.
Seat comfort - This is something I will be upgrading. For shorter rides the seat is fine. My backside gets tired after about 2 hours.
Exahust - I have some pros and cons here. Most days I leave my house at 5AM, so I like the quieter exhaust since it doesn't bother my neighbors. Appearance wise, this is the one thing I would change. That muffler is huge! I would love to put a smaller pipe on it, but for now it will stay stock.
Headlight - For the most part I think the light is adequate. I live in a pretty rural area, so the roads are very dark in the morning until I get to town. I ride with my high beam on until I get to civilization, but this is something I will be upgrading very soon.
Controls - being that this is my first motorcycle, I don't have much reference to compare. I've gotten used to where everything is located. I've read reviews where the braking gets knocked for being underpowered, but for me personally I've never had any issues stopping on time. After a long ride I feel like my hands are still a little "buzzy". I think I'll try some better gloves before I change the handgrips.
Maintenance - I haven't done a whole lot of maintenance yet, but so far all the fluids are easy to check. Chain cleaning and lubing is a breeze. I had my first oil change done at the dealer, but the drain plug and filter are easily accessible.
I was unsure if I would outgrow the Rebel, so far I would have to say no. I've gotten very comfortable with it and I can see myself keeping this long-term. I'm curious to see how well the Rebel can carry a passenger, this will most likely be the deciding factor in how long I stay with the Rebel. I'm going to add the passenger kit soon and see how well it handles 2 adults.
I'd love to hear your thoughts/opinions!