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Few bits installed onto my 500 to get it ready for the riding season, mostly just simple bolt-ons.



Biltwell Keystone bars, Biltwell grips, flipped stock mirrors and installed onto Ebay mirror mounts, Amazon mirror screws/plugs for stock mirror location, Ram mount x-grip on bars, Battery tender fused phone power, Go-Cruise throttle lock...


Small tactical bag on bars, aftermarket signals/mounts....


Triumph/Lucus styled taillight, Sportster sissy bar, 2nd LED taillight flipped and mounted on sissy bar, aftermarket signals/mounts...



Homemade side/solo bag stay, medium sized solo tactical bag, Tourmaster heated gear lead...



Mussari slip on...


So far I'm loving my 500, I have had a lot of bikes and can tell this one is a keeper for sure!

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Few bits installed onto my 500 to get it ready for the riding season, mostly just simple bolt-ons.







Biltwell Keystone bars, Biltwell grips, flipped stock mirrors and installed onto Ebay mirror mounts, Amazon mirror screws/plugs for stock mirror location, Ram mount x-grip on bars, Battery tender fused phone power, Go-Cruise throttle lock...





Small tactical bag on bars, aftermarket signals/mounts....





Triumph/Lucus styled taillight, Sportster sissy bar, 2nd LED taillight flipped and mounted on sissy bar, aftermarket signals/mounts...







Homemade side/solo bag stay, medium sized solo tactical bag, Tourmaster heated gear lead...







Mussari slip on...





So far I'm loving my 500, I have had a lot of bikes and can tell this one is a keeper for sure!



Ride safe and have fun y'all!
I see people are getting into the keystones look, apart for the yellow the bike looks awesome :)

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I see people are getting into the keystones look, apart for the yellow the bike looks awesome :)

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Yeh I have had many mini apes and a few other Biltwell brand bars on my other cruisers over the years. I like these, pretty short at 5" but fit and feel nice. Thank you. I love the yellow, have had just about every other color bike before so wanted this yellow for sure.

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Yeh I have had many mini apes and a few other Biltwell brand bars on my other cruisers over the years. I like these, pretty short at 5" but fit and feel nice. Thank you. I love the yellow, have had just about every other color bike before so wanted this yellow for sure.

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I find the yellow and red versions awkward, but that's my opinion you do as you like, I don't like the grey either but the black looks just right hits the spot for me, the rebel is my first bigger bike, but I intend on keeping it and buying another one a bit more super adventure like a cbx or equal I guess, not into sports but have a soft spot for nakeds hehe :)

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I find the yellow and red versions awkward, but that's my opinion you do as you like, I don't like the grey either but the black looks just right hits the spot for me, the rebel is my first bigger bike, but I intend on keeping it and buying another one a bit more super adventure like a cbx or equal I guess, not into sports but have a soft spot for nakeds hehe :)

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Different strokes for different folks. I love the yellow because its different. Most of my first several bikes were black, most all of my friends have black cruisers... harleys, Indians and metric bikes.

I grew up riding dirt bikes, duel sports and sport bikes. Worked at a Honda dealer through the 90s and have had dozens of bikes... supermoto, minis, cruiser, cafe, touring, etc. I love them all, different tools for different jobs.

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Different strokes for different folks. I love the yellow because its different. Most of my first several bikes were black, most all of my friends have black cruisers... harleys, Indians and metric bikes.

I grew up riding dirt bikes, duel sports and sport bikes. Worked at a Honda dealer through the 90s and have had dozens of bikes... supermoto, minis, cruiser, cafe, touring, etc. I love them all, different tools for different jobs.

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This is what I usually say, diferent tools to different jobs when people get all upset to witch is best, honestly I like the speed just don't like the sports bikes looks rather have a naked, my favorites ares scramblers they do both city and country and I love the retro look, I don't like adventure bikes but I love getting in mud and forest a so on so I guess I'll get one, I'd love to own a harley but I'd rather ride my bike than spending my time fixing it so indian dark horse is one on my list! Have you had any indian, is it good?

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This is what I usually say, diferent tools to different jobs when people get all upset to witch is best, honestly I like the speed just don't like the sports bikes looks rather have a naked, my favorites ares scramblers they do both city and country and I love the retro look, I don't like adventure bikes but I love getting in mud and forest a so on so I guess I'll get one, I'd love to own a harley but I'd rather ride my bike than spending my time fixing it so indian dark horse is one on my list! Have you had any indian, is it good?

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I have had a lot of bikes, over 60 now, over 49 cars... there is no "best". You can find the best for you... your style, income, task at hand, etc but there is no overall best.

I have had one Indian, a 2016 Chieftain that I basically turned into a Roadmaster... I called it a Chief-Master. Awesome bikes, effortless to ride, Cadillac comfortable and loaded with really nice features... just like all touring bikes... heavy. I have an old line of duty knee injury that has made it harder and harder to ride heavy bikes so switched it up again. Highly recommend their bikes, they are awesome. If they made a trike I would buy it tomorrow. I have had 5 Harleys, oldest being a 2002 and never had any issues with mine but I have seen friends have a lot of issues with theirs. If Indian doesnt make a trike within 2 or 3 years I'm buying a Harley Freewheeler, little hotrod of a trike, a friend has one and its awesome. Will use that for rides with my wife, parades my club does, etc but will keep the Rebel 500, it's just fun.

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Looking good! I have the same bars and love the more aggressive look and riding stance it gives without looking too ape hanger-ish like the Harley guys.
Thank you. You're right, these bars really change it up. I love the setup now, cheap and easy bar swap. I have run "mini apes" on 2 of my previous Harleys which were good... just have to keep my hands below my heart for comfort and ability to ride longer distances.

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I have had a lot of bikes, over 60 now, over 49 cars... there is no "best". You can find the best for you... your style, income, task at hand, etc but there is no overall best.

I have had one Indian, a 2016 Chieftain that I basically turned into a Roadmaster... I called it a Chief-Master. Awesome bikes, effortless to ride, Cadillac comfortable and loaded with really nice features... just like all touring bikes... heavy. I have an old line of duty knee injury that has made it harder and harder to ride heavy bikes so switched it up again. Highly recommend their bikes, they are awesome. If they made a trike I would buy it tomorrow. I have had 5 Harleys, oldest being a 2002 and never had any issues with mine but I have seen friends have a lot of issues with theirs. If Indian doesnt make a trike within 2 or 3 years I'm buying a Harley Freewheeler, little hotrod of a trike, a friend has one and its awesome. Will use that for rides with my wife, parades my club does, etc but will keep the Rebel 500, it's just fun.

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Yeah I agree in full the reason I don't stay in groups it's they always end up in a discussion about what's best, I sometimes go on group rides but end up coming home alone, I'm a peaceful guy I just love riding and having these people on constant discussions or doing anything stupid I'd rather ride alone, I usually get attached to vehicles my rebel is my baby and my 95 307 pug I don't see my self selling my bike or my car I guess cause I'm still young, how old are btw if you don't mind me asking?

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Yeah I agree in full the reason I don't stay in groups it's they always end up in a discussion about what's best, I sometimes go on group rides but end up coming home alone, I'm a peaceful guy I just love riding and having these people on constant discussions or doing anything stupid I'd rather ride alone, I usually get attached to vehicles my rebel is my baby and my 95 307 pug I don't see my self selling my bike or my car I guess cause I'm still young, how old are btw if you don't mind me asking?

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I get that, I used to be that way too but I looking at mine as trophies. I now just try to look at stuff like tools... I had a bad habit of looking at stuff like trophies... and once I modded them up I got bored and sold them. I usually have 3-5 bikes at a time to help prevent the boredom and sell/buy 1 or 2 different ones a year. Been slowing down as I want to pay cash for them now and put more into retirement than toys so I can enjoy my future. I'm 45, been riding since my first mini bike and go cart, I got both at 5 years old. Started riding street at 16 and never stopped. Most bikes I had at once was when working for Honda, I had 11 when I left there. I dont smoke, drink, gamble or anything... it's my family and motorcycles to me. My wife, son, dad and many cousins ride too so it's a lot of fun. I'm in 2 riding groups, one is formal with the vests and a lot of bylaws, etc. I used to be a local VP with them but didnt have the time after a couple years and am now a Road Captain which I really like. The other group I'm in is informal, created out of many years of contacts, we all come from different groups/clubs and have a lot of independent riders too, we all get along great and support each others groups in the annual rides/events we do.

What's your story?

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super good stuff dude!!! that bike is awesome and that's the nicest sissy bar I've seen, what brand? can you send a link?
Thank you! I appreciate that. I purchased the sissy bar on ebay.but know it is not a direct bolt on...

Pretty much any Sportster sissy bar will be a close fit, then you have to make it work. For mine specifically I had to hammer out the quick release hardware, bend both sides of the bar without breaking/cracking it (I have had several sportsters, they are wider than the Rebel), then gather some miscellaneous hardware to bolt it on. I just want to be clear, this is not a direct bolt on.

I liked the look of this one... the height, angle, etc so made it work.

Ebay info...
Detachable passenger sissy bar backrest for harley sportster 1200 883 04-up

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https://www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/183681597550

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I get that, I used to be that way too but I looking at mine as trophies. I now just try to look at stuff like tools... I had a bad habit of looking at stuff like trophies... and once I modded them up I got bored and sold them. I usually have 3-5 bikes at a time to help prevent the boredom and sell/buy 1 or 2 different ones a year. Been slowing down as I want to pay cash for them now and put more into retirement than toys so I can enjoy my future. I'm 45, been riding since my first mini bike and go cart, I got both at 5 years old. Started riding street at 16 and never stopped. Most bikes I had at once was when working for Honda, I had 11 when I left there. I dont smoke, drink, gamble or anything... it's my family and motorcycles to me. My wife, son, dad and many cousins ride too so it's a lot of fun. I'm in 2 riding groups, one is formal with the vests and a lot of bylaws, etc. I used to be a local VP with them but didnt have the time after a couple years and am now a Road Captain which I really like. The other group I'm in is informal, created out of many years of contacts, we all come from different groups/clubs and have a lot of independent riders too, we all get along great and support each others groups in the annual rides/events we do.

What's your story?

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I don't see it as trophies thou I actually it's one those things, you get out of the car or bike and you can't enter your home without first looking back and appreciate the beauty of it, I mean almost every weekend I give a goo cleaning to both, I'm 23 started riding at 16 with a permit, first one was a gilera, it's a vespa, I really love that bike/moped, I use to go to school on it, it broke down one day, I didn't have finances as a student to fix it so my cousin had a yamaha dt 50 he didn't use for years so he gave it to me, I sold the moped and payed my car licence while taking my classes I was riding the dt 50 but man it had problems especially on the brakes and I fell many times like really many times, so much that I stoped riding due to having my knees and helbows hurt bad, this was by the time I finished my licence and started riding a car I bough earlier witch was old from 92 I think I loved it was a fiat punto 55 and it was falling to pieces, from then on I kept on driving but my dream was always to have a bobber or a cruiser, at 21 I had to work in the city and I hate public transport and getting by car was expensive and frustrating so I deicide to pursue my dream and got the A2 licence and fell on love with the rebel and bought it new! I'm loving this bike so much but lately I found out that I love going into the wild with the bike and the rebel it's not indicated so I'm looking into buying a adventure one but in second hand I guess

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I don't see it as trophies thou I actually it's one those things, you get out of the car or bike and you can't enter your home without first looking back and appreciate the beauty of it, I mean almost every weekend I give a goo cleaning to both, I'm 23 started riding at 16 with a permit, first one was a gilera, it's a vespa, I really love that bike/moped, I use to go to school on it, it broke down one day, I didn't have finances as a student to fix it so my cousin had a yamaha dt 50 he didn't use for years so he gave it to me, I sold the moped and payed my car licence while taking my classes I was riding the dt 50 but man it had problems especially on the brakes and I fell many times like really many times, so much that I stoped riding due to having my knees and helbows hurt bad, this was by the time I finished my licence and started riding a car I bough earlier witch was old from 92 I think I loved it was a fiat punto 55 and it was falling to pieces, from then on I kept on driving but my dream was always to have a bobber or a cruiser, at 21 I had to work in the city and I hate public transport and getting by car was expensive and frustrating so I deicide to pursue my dream and got the A2 licence and fell on love with the rebel and bought it new! I'm loving this bike so much but lately I found out that I love going into the wild with the bike and the rebel it's not indicated so I'm looking into buying a adventure one but in second hand I guess

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That's good stuff. Working and upgrading along the way. I like newer stuff these days as I prefer riding more than wrenching and today's modern bikes are pretty reliable. For offroad I would get as lightweight bike as I could withstand. I had a crf250l for a couple years, great weight (for a dual sport, not dirt bike) and was cheap but power was just a little lacking for the trails I did then. Power is funny though... we have 2 Honda Groms and a Kawasaki Z125 now... they are probably our most fun bikes. It's hard to measure fun, you can measure speed, etc but that doesnt always equal fun. If I were to do a dual sport today I like Hondas new crf450l but it's a bit expensive for what it is. I also like the Suzuki VanVan 200... if it were a 300 and the same size and similar weight that would be awesome. Reminds me of my old Honda Fat Cat from the 80s.

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Hi, Yellow kinda stands out, it's uncommonly nice (I do have a shiny purple car after all) does not seems to me that they have it sold this way, you did the paintjob yourself ? (sorry if it's already asked I kinda check the pics and read after. Changing the bars is pretty much tempting me, but I'm afraid to not like the feeling, how did you get to it ? Naturally ?


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Hi, Yellow kinda stands out, it's uncommonly nice (I do have a shiny purple car after all) does not seems to me that they have it sold this way, you did the paintjob yourself ? (sorry if it's already asked I kinda check the pics and read after. Changing the bars is pretty much tempting me, but I'm afraid to not like the feeling, how did you get to it ? Naturally ?


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You have four factory colors grey black yellow and red :)

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Hi, Yellow kinda stands out, it's uncommonly nice (I do have a shiny purple car after all) does not seems to me that they have it sold this way, you did the paintjob yourself ? (sorry if it's already asked I kinda check the pics and read after. Changing the bars is pretty much tempting me, but I'm afraid to not like the feeling, how did you get to it ? Naturally ?


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Hi! Yeh yellow stands out and I like that.
Honda offered this yellow in 2017 on the Rebel and I had to have it.

What purple car do you have?

Changing the bars is fairly straightforward if you dont have to replace the brake line, throttle cables or extend the wiring... for these bars specifically they are only 5" rise so it was mostly swapping everything over from bar to bar with no extensions or replacements required. The stock switch housings have nubs inside of them that match up with holes drilled into the stock bars so they don't rotate. When replacing the bars you can either drill the new bars or dremel the nubs out of the housings. I always dremel the nubs, wrap electrical tape around the bars 2-3 times in the spot under the housing and mine never move. I would rather not drill the bars as I have swapped bars and moved them from bike to bike before.

As far as comfort that is so very personal it's hard to answer. I get a slight lean forward now but could have angled the bars further back to prevent that. Biltwell have dimensions on their website for the bars so you could do some measurements to get an idea of approximately where they would be for you and if you would like them.

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You have four factory colors grey black yellow and red :)

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The colors change annually, at least here in the US they do. See attached photo from Hondas website. 2019 is brown, gray or orange. 2018 was red, black, blue, silver. 2017 was silver, yellow, black, red.


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