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I figure this could be a good thread for people who are getting the Rebel to post which bikes they have previously owned.

My first bike was a Chinese 200cc Dual Sport bike. I have wanted a motorcycle for a long time, but I was a bit nervous about riding one. I wanted something cheap and easy to learn on. To be honest it was a great starter bike, probably more so than any other bike I have ridden. Was so cheap I didn't have to worry about breaking it or anything. And it was pretty light so easy to learn to ride on because it was easy to handle.

Engine 200cc
Top Speed 60-65MPH

Second bike was a 1990 Suzuki Katana.
The chinese bike was fun, but didn't have enough power to have a passenger. Or to really go on roads that had a speed limit over 45. So I bought an old Katana. For how old the bike was it was pretty nice. Sounded great, ran good most of the time. But it was a carbed bike and the carburetor kept having issues causing the bike to stall after it was warmed up. The bike was pretty heavy especially coming from the chinese one. And really gave me an idea what it was like to ride a "real" bike. The power and handling made the Chinese bike feel like a toy.

Engine 600cc
Top Speed 130MPh

Third bike was a 2007 GSXR 600. First bike that I actually spend over 1k on. It was honestly the nicest bike I have owned and probably nicer than anything I ever will own. It was quite a bit lighter than the Katana. It was also thinner and much easier to handle. And then there is the POWER. I wasn't thinking there would be much difference because this and the Katana were both 600s. But my god was I wrong. The bike could do 80 in 3rd gear. The bike was super fun to ride. But honestly at times it the power it had made speeding tempting, and actually for the type of riding I do was wayyy to fast. The bike was fuel injected, started and ran perfect all the time. But when I was getting ready to buy I house I chose to sell it.

Engine 600cc
Top Speed 165MPH

Bike 4
2011 Ninja 250R. I really started to like smaller bikes. Just the light weight and easy to handle nature of them made them more fun. And something I would use more often. This bike was carburated but ran great. It was probably my most used ride. I just sold it this week to make money towards the Honda Rebel Purchase.
This bike would easily be a great starter bike that if you didn't care about super high speed performance you would likely never need to upgrade. The bike is super light, really easy to handle. And just enough power to be fun and practical.

Engine 250cc
Top Speed 105MPH


So what bikes have you future Rebel owners had?
 

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Your range of bikes is more diverse than mine. All I have under my belt is a Honda CBR 300 and 500 though I do prefer the 300 more because honestly, I don't see the need to go bigger for what I use it for.
 

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I just haven't. This is going to be my first bike! But your list is impressive. You still own the Ninja 250r correct ?
 

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Odds are Shorty is getting tired of the smaller CC bikes, itching for something with better power output, unless its just the Rebel 300 and not 500.
Given Shorty's history, I will safely assume 500.


I previous owned a 2014 CBR250, sold it late last year.
 

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Ohh okay makes sense. Have you ever considered keeping two bikes or is it not necessary with what you need? Sorry for all the questions, just inquisitive lol
Odds are Shorty is getting tired of the smaller CC bikes, itching for something with better power output, unless its just the Rebel 300 and not 500.
Given Shorty's history, I will safely assume 500.


I previous owned a 2014 CBR250, sold it late last year.

Well I never planned on keeping the ninja. I do think I may end up getting a second bike for more adventure style riding. Not a dual sport but maybe something with knobby tires like a scrambler motorcycle.

I originally considered the Rebel 300, but after not being very happy with the ninja on freeways I have decided to go to the Rebel 500. I don't really speed or need a super fast bike, but I want something with enough power to pull away from a car to be safe.
 

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I started on a 2008 50cc Zuma scoot, which I still have. I am thinking about tinkering with it but never seem to have the time.

Currently I ride a 2006 Suzuki Burgman 400 type S. It wasn't what I really wanted but a friend was selling it and made me a great deal. It gets me around but it doesn't thrill me. I do love the enormous underseat storage, however.

I also own a 1980 Honda CM200 but currently it is a pile of parts. I bought it for $100 in a non-running condition. I was going to make a brat style bike out of it. I found it has many problems however{cracked head, stuck oil pump, impossible to find tire size}. So I never got it finished.
 

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Too many to remeber..

I have owned over 20 bikes. I don't think I could list them. But the only ones that matter are the two that I have now and most importantly the next one.:smile2:
 

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I had a Thai Honda Sonic 125CC and a few other bikes of that caliber, but I learned to ride on the 250CC Yamaha, but I ordered the 500CC Rebel Non ABS because I want to turn it into a scrambler for long journeys. And maybe even hit gravel/dirt on it. We'll see.
 

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I have owned over 20 bikes. I don't think I could list them. But the only ones that matter are the two that I have now and most importantly the next one.:smile2:
Which are the two that you have at the moment ?? Will you be keeping them both and getting the Rebel ?
 

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I had a Thai Honda Sonic 125CC and a few other bikes of that caliber, but I learned to ride on the 250CC Yamaha, but I ordered the 500CC Rebel Non ABS because I want to turn it into a scrambler for long journeys. And maybe even hit gravel/dirt on it. We'll see.
Well deserved upgrade since coming from a history like that you will naturally have some good perspective of what it was like to be on lower CC bikes, too many people jump right to higher CC bikes and find themselves in a process not nearly as smooth
 

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Yeah, I see a lot of people make big mistakes and jump on 1000's, and just get wrecked. I plan to work my way up slowly. :)

Can't wait, we're in the home stretch 'til it's released. :)
 
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