Join Date: May 2017
Location: Europe - Norway
Any suggestions..? Yes, get another bike that suits your needs.
I mean, I'm not trying to be a douche here, and it's not directly targeted towards you either, but to the general people that gets a Rebel 300/500, doesn't anyone do any research any more?? Because this isn't the first thread on this topic, and it ain't going to be the last either.
It doesn't take long to realize that the Rebel was made with "old times" in mind, and thus is minimalistic in means of tech.
Is it strange for a bike in this day and age? The short answer is simply yes.
But then again, even for it's targeted audience, the Rebel was still made with the word "bobber" in mind, and on a bobber you won't find any tech thingies. It was specifically made to be simple and minimalistic. That also meant that the price could be dropped low on the bike, which again makes it more pleasant for the newbies to be riding bigger ccm.
But anyhow, moving along from all of that.
From a personal point, I've never felt the need for a tach, or anything of the other things you listed for that matter.
But I found it a bit frustrating from time to time to keep count of what gear I'm in, especially when coming towards tight turns, and you can't tell if you're in 3rd or 2nd, because it's darn unpleasant to suddenly find yourself shifting into 1st gear...
By all means, sometimes you'll have to go as low as 1st, but you kinda wanna know that it's coming beforehand.
Lyoko - Black Rebel 500