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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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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. :)
Smart thinking, My six bikes in 50 years were gradually larger until now. 1966 Honda 150 Dream, then a 1972 350 Scrambler, then 1980 650 custom (all Honda's).
Then after retirement a used 2005 750 shadow, then a new 2008 Vstar 1300 tourer that I just traded on my Rebel 500 ABS.
I am going on 75 tears old and that monster was just too heavy to push around anymore. II lost 50 lbs last year, my bike lost 400 LBS this year :)
Love this little nimble machine and I can go just as fast on it.
 

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Very first bike, a hand-me-down from my father - 1983 Honda GL650 Silver Wing Interstate.
1995 Honda Shadow 1100
1992 Honda ST1100
1999 Honda VFR800
2002 Honda ST1300
2003 Honda VTX1300C
2005 Honda VTX1800C
2001 Honda Magna 750 (stupidest move ever trading the VTX1800)
2012 Triumph Thunderbird
2014 Honda CTX1300 (wrecked twice, second time totaled)
2014 Honda Gold Wing Valkyrie
2019 Honda Monkey (don’t ask - long story)
2020 Honda CB650R
2021 Honda Rebel 1100 - I expect this will be my last bike.
 

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The fist bike I ever had I built from pile of parts my grandfather got me. I remember so well as one day he visited us he unhooked the trailer, called me over and said - there is motorcycle in here 😁. It was a 125cc Minsk.
The second one was also scratch built. IZ Jupiter 2 frame, IZ Planeta Sport 350cc engine. Cruiserish looks.
1994 Yamaha Virago 535
2004 Yamaha Drag Star 650

Then there was 12 years without any bike...
 

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1949 Cushman; 1955 Cushman, 1955 Zundapp Comfort, 1970 Yamaha DT1, 1972 Kawasaki H2,
2004 Harley Softtail, 2005 Harley RoadKing, 1998 Honda Valkyrie (2 of [email protected] different times); 1993 Honda CB 750, 196? Honda Trail 90, 2012 Suzuki V strom 650, 2008 Suzuki V strom 1000, 2011 Suzuki TU 250, 2011 Suzuki 1250FA,
2011 Ural T (1 wheel dr.), 1998 BMW R1200C,
2016, Can Am Spyder F3, 2014 Honda CTX, 2018 Honda CB500X, 2020 Rebel 500.
I think that's all. Not in chronological order, sometimes owned 2 at the same time.
Longest owned were the 650 V strom and the Roadking.
Ones I wish I still had-BMW R1200C or the first Valk.
 

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1968ish Suzuki T200 Invader
1972 Yamaha RD250
1974 Honda 360T (didn't actually own it but rode it everyday)
196x Norton Atlas 650
197X Kawasaki 500 Mach1
197X Yamaha 175
1980 Suzuki GT380
1980 Honda CT110 Trail 110
198X Honda CM200T
2005 Honda Rebel Black 250
2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 500
2006 Suzuki Boulevard C90
198X Moto Guzzi Cal3
2006 Honda Rebel White 250
2017 Honda Rebel 500
2018 Kawasaki Vulcan S 650
2019 Honda Shadow Aero 750
2019 Honda Rebel 500
2021 Honda Rebel 1100 Manual Red
2021 Honda Rebel 1100 Manual Black (on order)

They are somewhat in order and may not be all of them, these are just the ones I remember.
 
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