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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-30-2017, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Honda Rebel 300/500 Suspension Specs

It seems the Rebel 300 and 500 use the same suspension setup so I have found some details on the suspension. Everything will be posted below


Front Suspension : 41 mm telescopic fork; 121 mm (4.77 in.) travel
Rear Suspension : Dual shocks with five-position spring preload adjustment; 96 mm (3.77 in.) travel (Showa with pro-link system)

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The 41mm forks are set wide at 230mm apart for handling rigidity, comfort and style, and the lower legs are blacked-out. Trail is set at 110mm with 28 rake; the forks are offset at 30 and the result, combined with the 58.7 inch wheelbase, is a low 27.2 inch seat height and mid-mounted footpegs, for balanced and neutral steering.
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Blacked-out 45mm tubular swingarm with twin conventional, side-mounted shocks that feature two-step preload adjusters.
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-01-2017, 05:31 PM
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Not really surprised, HOnda did say that the only difference between the Rebel 300 and 500 is the engine. I'm sure the Rebel will be a combination of easy steering and solid stability with the suspension giving us a comfortable ride.
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Would be nice to get the specs on the rear to find out what would fit. Seems that's a common complaint in every single review, so I'd like to get them on order. YSS's can usually be cheaper overseas, but shipping can suck. But they'd probably get here before the bikes do!
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Would be nice to get the specs on the rear to find out what would fit. Seems that's a common complaint in every single review, so I'd like to get them on order. YSS's can usually be cheaper overseas, but shipping can suck. But they'd probably get here before the bikes do!
Yea from reading reviews the rear suspension will be something I will likely be changing on the bike this year.
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Looking at who they're selling these bikes to that makes me wonder how many will actually go with a different suspension. Brands often make sacrifices, maybe this will be bad enough to motivate riders.
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Looking at who they're selling these bikes to that makes me wonder how many will actually go with a different suspension. Brands often make sacrifices, maybe this will be bad enough to motivate riders.
In the thailand market it looks like a ton of people changed the suspension.
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Love seeing what people do in the Thailand market. Those guys go real hard in the customization sector
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So riding back from a friend's place the other night, I was on a road that had a decent amount of patchwork done to it... every few hundred yards, I'd hit a patched strip that crossed the lane, and it felt like my teeth were gonna rattle out of my head.

I've never even noticed these bumps in my truck, so I'm thinking I need to adjust my rear suspension.

The manual shows that they're preset at 2, and adjustable from 1 (soft) to 5 (hard). So which way do I need to adjust, and if it's to the harder end of the scale, how much? I'm around 220 pounds, for reference.
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So riding back from a friend's place the other night, I was on a road that had a decent amount of patchwork done to it... every few hundred yards, I'd hit a patched strip that crossed the lane, and it felt like my teeth were gonna rattle out of my head.

I've never even noticed these bumps in my truck, so I'm thinking I need to adjust my rear suspension.

The manual shows that they're preset at 2, and adjustable from 1 (soft) to 5 (hard). So which way do I need to adjust, and if it's to the harder end of the scale, how much? I'm around 220 pounds, for reference.

Good question, I am interested in the answer too. lol. I weigh in at 153lbs, and I find the suspension is really soft. Sometimes feels like I am gonna bottom out the suspension on some bumps. lol. Can only imagine what it felt like for you. (not that I am calling you fat, lets make that clear, lol)


Thing I'd like to know, if you harden the suspension, would that just make the bumps ALLOT more pronounced and jarring?
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I'm thinking to a certain extent, stiffening the suspension is probably the way to go, the logic being that a stiffer suspension has more resistance, so it requires more force to compress it.

Also, I find it hard to believe that a bike with an allowable passenger/cargo weight allowance of nearly 400lbs (rider and passenger and cargo) would already be bottoming out with only one notch left to go (from 2 to 1).
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