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Several years back I bought a 250 Rebel with the idea that my kids could learn to ride on it. They never took to it. Anyway, when riding it the 25 miles of so from where I bought it to my home, most of that being on the freeway I realized that the bike was not intended to be ridden at freeway speeds. Vibrated so much I wasn't sure it I'd be able to hold my bladder.
The new 500 with its parallel twin is not that bike. Looks interesting. About time Honda started once again putting things out there that are small enough and big enough to draw in a younger crowd. Good to see.
A new rider could possibly buy the 300 or certainly the 500 and not feel the need to upgrade right away, especially in an urban setting. If anyone has test ridden one please share your experience.
 

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mini-street fighters...

in 1969, I took my 1966 Honda CB77, SuperHawk, 305cc twin from Cleveland Ohio to Philly Pa.
then returned to Cleveland..
top speed was 70 mph at 9,000rpm's.
 

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I think it was Honda's plan was to release the Rebel 300 and 500 entry level cruisers priced below Harley's Street 500 and 750 models. Although the Rebel 250 was a great starter bike it was getting outdated. Honda used CB300 and CB500 engines and designed a cruiser model chassis for the engines. As of present I've never come across a owner that has one of these bikes. Makes me wonder is Honda having a hard time selling these models.
 

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I've seen the new 2020 Rebel 500 models going for $6,200 up to $6,500 and i'm sure you could find better prices looking aroud localy. That's a good price point for a bike that size and what Honda is offering on the Rebel. Not a bad bike for scooting around town on.
 

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the sad thing is...

$6,200 in 1983 got you a NEW 1100cc Goldwing Aspencade.. loaded.

83scanB489 by on Flickr
I put 149,000 miles on this bike


6,200 for a starter bike.
 

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the sad thing is...

$6,200 in 1983 got you a NEW 1100cc Goldwing Aspencade.. loaded.

83scanB489 by on Flickr
I put 149,000 miles on this bike


6,200 for a starter bike.
Adjusted for inflation, $6,200.00 in 1983 is equal to $15,959.47 in 2019.
Annual inflation over this period was 2.66%.
 

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Purely from a cosmetic perspective, I think both of those Rebels would look a ton better if they had much beefier downtubes on the triple tree. I'm sure what Honda built is plenty strong, but the "pencil-neck geek" look does not appeal to me.
 

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true on the money.. but what "KID" is going to spend $6K on a little motorcycle.
 

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What the manufactures have to understand people will push back and won't buy high price trucks and motorcycles. There salaries are not keeping up with inflation. What amazes me is they keep pushing this high end stuff.
 

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a 2020 Ford F 150,,,,,, $68k.
yes you can get a F 150, base model for under $35k.

its just crazy... today's pickup trucks are dressed better then any Cadillac 20 years ago.

$100,000 pickup truck
 

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Purely from a cosmetic perspective, I think both of those Rebels would look a ton better if they had much beefier downtubes on the triple tree. I'm sure what Honda built is plenty strong, but the "pencil-neck geek" look does not appeal to me.
So are you telling us this new Rebel looks a piece of Schiff???:poop:
 
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