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In case anyone else is interested, vikingbags finally has some in stock for the Rebel.
They might be universal, but the picture on the website looks like a good fit.

I ordered myself a set of the lockable medium and will post pics when they come in.

https://www.vikingbags.com/honda-rebel-300-warrior-series-motorcycle-saddlebags?utm_source=instocknotify&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=instocknotify

Wish I came across these a week ago. I ordered the Honda ones, these look better, and they lock where the Honda ones are just buckles.
 

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I finally received mine the other day. They look nice, seem like a good value. Can't put them on though because their bracket system looks to want to be universal, but they don't really fit this bag on this bike. And I did order the Rebel specific ones so I am going to wait to hear what they say before I start blowing more holes into these things.
 

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I finally received mine the other day. They look nice, seem like a good value. Can't put them on though because their bracket system looks to want to be universal, but they don't really fit this bag on this bike. And I did order the Rebel specific ones so I am going to wait to hear what they say before I start blowing more holes into these things.
djdavies Thanks for the pic, is that your bike? The bag looks like it will compliment the looks of the bike but apart from that, post some more pics of your tank, and tell us what you did with it. Looks awesome!
 

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That looks sweet. I like it. I got the rebel 300 red. Red on black, I like how it is. I'll keep it the same. My bike I'm only keeping for a few years I think. Once I got some experience under me, I'll probably upgrade to something a bit more of a bike if you know what I mean. See how the budget works out in next couple years, lol.
 

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That looks sweet. I like it. I got the rebel 300 red. Red on black, I like how it is. I'll keep it the same. My bike I'm only keeping for a few years I think. Once I got some experience under me, I'll probably upgrade to something a bit more of a bike if you know what I mean. See how the budget works out in next couple years, lol.
I believe swapping the 500 motor into the 300 should be pretty cheap/easy when the time comes to upgrade.
Both bikes are identical frame wise. At least that's my plan.
 

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I believe swapping the 500 motor into the 300 should be pretty cheap/easy when the time comes to upgrade.
Both bikes are identical frame wise. At least that's my plan.
The bikes are not identical frame wise.
The engine mounts on the bike are not the same. So it isn't just a simple swap. You would need to the engine mounts cut off then have new ones welded on for the 500 engine.
 

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I'm not getting into swaps etc. lol. Too lazy to figure all that out, and spend the money. lol. At this point not sure what I want. Couple of the Harley's I like, straight glider, screaming eagle but they so dam expensive. Even buying used, people are asking for more than the bike is worth because they did such and such to it. Can't justify paying money on a bike that cost as much or more than my truck. lol. 10k to 12k MAX. If I can get away with less even better.


And I don't need a big bike or 1900cc's. lol. I think a 750cc to 1000cc would be idea for me. Not looking to set speed records, acceleration be nice. lol. So many bikes to choose from though, and so many manufactures. The idea is the next *bigger* bike I buy will be the bike to have long long term. Functional for both city and highway. And has to be like bobber-style. The touring bikes are nice, but godly. haha. So we'll see. Only been on the 300 for a few weeks, and already wishing I went with a bigger bike. The constant gear changes gets a little tiresm around town. From a stop, by the time I get to 60kms I'm in 4th or 5th then I got to gear down again for next set of lights. I could just stretch out the gears between lights, but afraid the thing may vibrate off the road. And it makes a horrible sound to boot.
 

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And I don't need a big bike or 1900cc's. lol. I think a 750cc to 1000cc would be idea for me. Not looking to set speed records, acceleration be nice. lol. So many bikes to choose from though, and so many manufactures. The idea is the next *bigger* bike I buy will be the bike to have long long term. Functional for both city and highway. And has to be like bobber-style. The touring bikes are nice, but godly. haha. So we'll see. Only been on the 300 for a few weeks, and already wishing I went with a bigger bike. The constant gear changes gets a little tiresm around town. From a stop, by the time I get to 60kms I'm in 4th or 5th then I got to gear down again for next set of lights. I could just stretch out the gears between lights, but afraid the thing may vibrate off the road. And it makes a horrible sound to boot.
Not to downplay the significance of the 500 vs 300 power wise, there's still a helluva lot of shifting going on when driving around town on the 500 too. Wish 6th gear was more of an overdrive and the remaining 5 were longer.
 

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I don't understand the logic. All bikes require a lot of shifting. That is part of the fun. And it is not like a car where you can skip gears and shift from 3rd to 6th. You have to go through every gear regardless of the power. Unless you plan on driving around in 3rd gear all the time and wasting a lot of fuel, you still have to shift a powerful bike to the upper gears when you get up to speed. And even though some bikes will start off in 2nd, that is not how you normally ride them, and it is not necessarily good for them if you do.

Yes you can lug a powerful bike around in high gear at a low speed, and not have to downshift as much, but it is not necessarily a good idea, and definitely no fun. It is much better to shift the bike into the appropriate gear so that if you need to accelerate quickly to get out of a jam, you are in the right gear and have the power to do it without having to wait to downshift 3 times, or resorting to lugging away slowly.

Sounds like y'all just need a variable belt sheave scooter, then you wouldn't have to worry about shifting.
 

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I actually enjoy the shifting... usually keep it at 5th or under in town (35 - 40 mph), and downshift as needed to keep the rpms where they need to be.

I agree, it's all part of the fun. :)
 

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I don't understand the logic. All bikes require a lot of shifting. That is part of the fun. And it is not like a car where you can skip gears and shift from 3rd to 6th. You have to go through every gear regardless of the power. Unless you plan on driving around in 3rd gear all the time and wasting a lot of fuel, you still have to shift a powerful bike to the upper gears when you get up to speed. And even though some bikes will start off in 2nd, that is not how you normally ride them, and it is not necessarily good for them if you do.

Yes you can lug a powerful bike around in high gear at a low speed, and not have to downshift as much, but it is not necessarily a good idea, and definitely no fun. It is much better to shift the bike into the appropriate gear so that if you need to accelerate quickly to get out of a jam, you are in the right gear and have the power to do it without having to wait to downshift 3 times, or resorting to lugging away slowly.

Sounds like y'all just need a variable belt sheave scooter, then you wouldn't have to worry about shifting.
Wasn't complaining, just making the observation. And I did upgrade from a PCX 150, and it's even more fun to ride it occasionally just to throw it around. 2 wheels is great no matter the flavor.
 

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I finally received mine the other day. They look nice, seem like a good value. Can't put them on though because their bracket system looks to want to be universal, but they don't really fit this bag on this bike. And I did order the Rebel specific ones so I am going to wait to hear what they say before I start blowing more holes into these things.
Love the Tank colour, that would match my new seat perfectly.
 

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Trust me, I know exactly what you're talking about with the shifting.
Isn't a problem, but noticed when I ride w/ my boss (rides a Harley Road King 103) by the time he shifts from first to second, I'm already in 4th gear lol.

I'm starting to get a bit nervous now about the viking saddlebags I ordered. Hopefully the brackets supplied are still useable.
 
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