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As the good little moderator I am, I'll lead by example!:grin2:

This will be my thread that will contain each and every little thing I've done with Wabi Sabi here since the first day I got her - until percent - and in the future.
I'll be dedicating a new post to my thread where I'll cover each mod on it's own, but how you choose to do this yourself is entirely up to you! After all, it's your thread covering your bike, present it the way you want!


But I'll give a short intro to my bike here:

To get at it from the very start, the Rebel wasn't suppose to be a bike that I was going to own.
I had my eyes set on an entirely different bike. See pictures.
But there was a slight problem, since there was only 1 dealership in entire Norway here that sold it. And they basically wounded up being jerks... I asked and digged around about the bike, wanting to be sure what I was getting. Long story short, they gave me answers that didn't cover what I was actually asking for, and eventually they simply stopped responding to my e-mails...
So I showed them off and was left with no bike in sight.
And as you can see from the pictures, there is a resemblance between it and the Rebel. I wanted that look. The same size tires at the front and back. I've never liked skinny front tires. Never ridden a bike with it, since the Rebel is my very first bike. Like, first bike ever, at all!
In my youth when everyone was riding scooters and mopeds, I rode around on a 50cc ATV instead :grin2:

But the months passed.. There was literally no other option out there for a bike that looked like this, within my price range... I was a bit sad and depressed about the whole thing.. Even considered importing the bike from somewhere else instead of dealing with the dealership here in Norway.

But, by chance I happened to be sitting in a waiting room for a driving school. I was taking a course there, and was waiting for one other that was participating the course, but was running late.
So as I sat there I started reading through some magazines to kill some time.
And there happened to be a MC magazine that had come out just a few days ago. This was in January of 2017.
And what do you know, my prayers had been heard, because there I stumbled upon the Honda Rebel 500, due for release in April of 2017!
Seeing as my other options was kinda limiting (none existing as a matter of facts) the obvious became very clear to me then. This is the bike I'm gonna get instead!
As thought, as said, as done!
On Mars 4 2017 I signed the contract for purchasing a brand new Honda Rebel 500 ABS. I probably was the very first to do so here in Norway.

I didn't get to take it home until May 4 however. Several reasons, was still getting my license at that time, and it was just more convenient at the time to let it sit on the dealership floor until I was ready for it.

But then one day there she stood!
And it's been a blast every since then.
I've done a a lot to the bike since then. Hence why I named it Wabi Sabi.

I made a thread asking about whether or not people gave their bike a name:
http://www.hondarebel3forum.com/forum/113-honda-rebel-300-500-general-discussion/2913-bike-name.html

And after a while, I found the perfect one!
As I wrote back then:
"I have finally found a name for my bike!

I really like the Japanese culture and I'm really fascinated by their way with words and the meanings they put into them.
So I did some digging, and I found a befitting one, in regards of how I view the bike.
I've said before that the Rebel was not my first choise, and that I'm not all that happy with the looks of it.
So a natural and befitting name for it is: Wabi-Sabi.
Yes I know, a little silly name, I'll admit, but the meaning of Wabi-Sabi is this:
"A key Japanese aesthetic rooted in Buddhist teachings—the imperfect, incomplete, and transient nature of beauty."
It is directed towards things that is said to become more beautiful with time and decay, such as wood that gains a mellow patina over time, or as simple as falling autumn leaves, or a chipped vase, etc.
But I still feel it's befitting, as for me the Rebel is imperfect in my eyes, there will be done a lot of things with it in my care, and it is therefore incomplete, and thus with time it will become more beautiful, since I'll be changing it into something more beautiful.

So in short, Wabi-Sabi means the beauty of passing time.
And that fits my bike like a clove from my point of view ^^, "

And it's true, the bike keeps getting more and more pleasing to look at here.
I write that I wasn't happy with the looks of the Rebel. And I don't. Not compared to the bike that I had set my mind to get.
That bike was more sleek in it's shape, there was more of a flow to it and looked more proper to me. It was exactly what I wanted. And the Rebel just didn't give me the same vibe. But I had no choice besides to accept it as it was..
And thus, the meaning of Wabi Sabi fits it just perfect for me.

I didn't get to do so much with it during 2017.
But now in these early months of 2018 I'm all over the bike, modding quite a few things on it here.
There will be dedicated posts with headliners covering the mods I've done so far, so stay tuned!
 

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As the good little moderator I am, I'll lead by example!:grin2:

This will be my thread that will contain each and every little thing I've done with Wabi Sabi here since the first day I got her - until percent - and in the future.
I'll be dedicating a new post to my thread where I'll cover each mod on it's own, but how you choose to do this yourself is entirely up to you! After all, it's your thread covering your bike, present it the way you want!


But I'll give a short intro to my bike here:

To get at it from the very start, the Rebel wasn't suppose to be a bike that I was going to own.
I had my eyes set on an entirely different bike. See pictures.
But there was a slight problem, since there was only 1 dealership in entire Norway here that sold it. And they basically wounded up being jerks... I asked and digged around about the bike, wanting to be sure what I was getting. Long story short, they gave me answers that didn't cover what I was actually asking for, and eventually they simply stopped responding to my e-mails...
So I showed them off and was left with no bike in sight.
And as you can see from the pictures, there is a resemblance between it and the Rebel. I wanted that look. The same size tires at the front and back. I've never liked skinny front tires. Never ridden a bike with it, since the Rebel is my very first bike. Like, first bike ever, at all!
In my youth when everyone was riding scooters and mopeds, I rode around on a 50cc ATV instead :grin2:

But the months passed.. There was literally no other option out there for a bike that looked like this, within my price range... I was a bit sad and depressed about the whole thing.. Even considered importing the bike from somewhere else instead of dealing with the dealership here in Norway.

But, by chance I happened to be sitting in a waiting room for a driving school. I was taking a course there, and was waiting for one other that was participating the course, but was running late.
So as I sat there I started reading through some magazines to kill some time.
And there happened to be a MC magazine that had come out just a few days ago. This was in January of 2017.
And what do you know, my prayers had been heard, because there I stumbled upon the Honda Rebel 500, due for release in April of 2017!
Seeing as my other options was kinda limiting (none existing as a matter of facts) the obvious became very clear to me then. This is the bike I'm gonna get instead!
As thought, as said, as done!
On Mars 4 2017 I signed the contract for purchasing a brand new Honda Rebel 500 ABS. I probably was the very first to do so here in Norway.

I didn't get to take it home until May 4 however. Several reasons, was still getting my license at that time, and it was just more convenient at the time to let it sit on the dealership floor until I was ready for it.

But then one day there she stood!
And it's been a blast every since then.
I've done a a lot to the bike since then. Hence why I named it Wabi Sabi.

I made a thread asking about whether or not people gave their bike a name:
http://www.hondarebel3forum.com/forum/113-honda-rebel-300-500-general-discussion/2913-bike-name.html

And after a while, I found the perfect one!
As I wrote back then:
"I have finally found a name for my bike!

I really like the Japanese culture and I'm really fascinated by their way with words and the meanings they put into them.
So I did some digging, and I found a befitting one, in regards of how I view the bike.
I've said before that the Rebel was not my first choise, and that I'm not all that happy with the looks of it.
So a natural and befitting name for it is: Wabi-Sabi.
Yes I know, a little silly name, I'll admit, but the meaning of Wabi-Sabi is this:
"A key Japanese aesthetic rooted in Buddhist teachings—the imperfect, incomplete, and transient nature of beauty."
It is directed towards things that is said to become more beautiful with time and decay, such as wood that gains a mellow patina over time, or as simple as falling autumn leaves, or a chipped vase, etc.
But I still feel it's befitting, as for me the Rebel is imperfect in my eyes, there will be done a lot of things with it in my care, and it is therefore incomplete, and thus with time it will become more beautiful, since I'll be changing it into something more beautiful.

So in short, Wabi-Sabi means the beauty of passing time.
And that fits my bike like a clove from my point of view ^^, "

And it's true, the bike keeps getting more and more pleasing to look at here.
I write that I wasn't happy with the looks of the Rebel. And I don't. Not compared to the bike that I had set my mind to get.
That bike was more sleek in it's shape, there was more of a flow to it and looked more proper to me. It was exactly what I wanted. And the Rebel just didn't give me the same vibe. But I had no choice besides to accept it as it was..
And thus, the meaning of Wabi Sabi fits it just perfect for me.

I didn't get to do so much with it during 2017.
But now in these early months of 2018 I'm all over the bike, modding quite a few things on it here.
There will be dedicated posts with headliners covering the mods I've done so far, so stay tuned!
What's up with that tank? Looks huge

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Maybe I didn't understand the topic, I thought you wanted us to talk about and post pix of what we've done to our REBELS?
That is correct. You make a new thread for your own bike and present it :wink2:
I will be adding all my mods here with time, but my time is a bit limited here, so all in due time!
 

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Sound horn - Denali sound bomb

I've changed the stock little meeper to a more.. grown piece.
The Denali sound bomb to be exact.
I got it from here:
https://www.nippynormans.com/f800rf800sf800st/denali-split-sound-bomb-120db-horn
You'll also need one of these:
https://www.nippynormans.com/k1200s/denali-horn-plug-and-play-harness-for-the-split-sound-bomb

I originally wanted the compact version, due to thinking it would be more practical. But seeing as mounting space on the Rebel is kinda limited I opted for the two piece version instead.
And I'm glad I did!
I had slight plans to mount them on top of each other on the left side on the frame, but it was kinda cramped.
That's when I discovered a place practically made for the little compressor!
Not too much mounting/fastening option for it, but it's being squeezed a bit by the tubing from the radiator, and the bracket for the mounting bolt now rests against a nudge, and secured by a zip tie.
The horn itself is zip tied to the frame, and held in place by one of those little studs that originally holds the zip tie for the original horn wires. So even if it's just zip tied, it ain't going anywhere!
 

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It's finished! For now...

Oh gosh, it's been a long week..
But at long last, it's semi finished!
The past week I've added new indicators at the front, indicators at the back, cleaned up the tail (for now, gonna change it even more with time), headlight cover, side bag, power commander, relay, sound horn, seats...!!
I've bloody done a lot with the bike this past week!:surprise:
Was supposed to use the Easter holiday to do all of this, buuut.. Who has the time to wait, eh?:laugh:
But I'm still not finished... :| Awaiting parts for the exhaust (I'm gonna try on some decibel killers, just for fun) and brackets to mount the front indicators to the fork. I've temporarily made adjustment to the original mounts to make it work for now. They were supposed to be mounted onto the handlebar, that was the plan, but it simply wasn't possible, ain't enough room for it to fit:frown2: Oh well, not a big deal anyway!

I even got my first ride on it today! :grin2: It's about freaking time I tell you! A bit chilly, but man it felt good!
 

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New indicators - Front&Back

Finally gotten rid of those oversized moped indicators! :grin2: *shivers*
It looks to elegant and clean now, it really makes such a difference on the bike!
 

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The Journey

The bike has taken me as much on a journey here, as I've taken it on a journey.
It is around a year between the photos here, and my oh my, a lot has happened during this 1 year.
It's come a long way since then, and I ain't done yet!

It's finally getting to where I want it to be. It's really starting to be a little Rebel, but at the same time a bit elegant, a bit smooth.
You want the look of it to be intimidating, but at the same time pleasing to the eye.

Now I'm finally starting to actually love my little Wabi Sabi... <3
 

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