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PostSubject: Rider's got balls   Rider's got balls I_icon_minitimeThu Feb 07, 2013 12:47 pm

So, my wife and I had to head to Scottsdale AZ from El Paso TX. We were driving along I 10 when she points out a bike to me asking what kind it is. Now, she's driving so I can stare at it without running off the road. Said I wasn't sure since the rear end looks pretty common. As soon as we passed, I saw the model on the tank and did a double-take. Honda Rebel going maybe 65 MPH had to be wide open.

Told the guys at the Victory dealer I rented a bike from and they were impressed with the rider's guts. (Rented a Victory because I'm considering purchasing one in a couple years.)

Doesn't matter WHAT you ride, get out there and ride.
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PostSubject: Re: Rider's got balls   Rider's got balls I_icon_minitimeFri Feb 08, 2013 1:55 am

What's wrong with that? A 250 ought to be able to do that with no problem. It wasn't all that long ago that a 250 was a respectable bike, lots of 250 and 300 scramblers for hill climbs. It's still a Honda.
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PostSubject: Re: Rider's got balls   Rider's got balls I_icon_minitimeFri Feb 08, 2013 4:26 am

65mph was my preferred cruising speed on motorway and autobahn when I owned a Honda CN250 Helix, and it would regularly return around 85 mpg at that speed, that's in Imperial not US gallons. In Ron Ayers book ’Going The Extra Mile’ there are details about a Helix and rider who competed in the Iron Butt Rally and finished higher than a lot of tricked out larger capacity bikes.
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PostSubject: Re: Rider's got balls   Rider's got balls I_icon_minitimeFri Feb 08, 2013 8:04 am

My first bike was a twin cylinder Yamaha 100cc YL-1. A two stroke street bike. I could cruise at over 60 mph on it and sometimes (if the level road Gods were in favor) could approach 70 mph.

Of course, this was long ago and ahem the rider is nearly a 100 pounds heavier now (sigh).

So 65 for a 250? Definitely doable, but doubt if it is as comfortable as our SWings!!! LOL
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PostSubject: Re: Rider's got balls   Rider's got balls I_icon_minitimeFri Feb 08, 2013 1:21 pm

In the days of 55 MPH speed limits, the Rebel could hold its own pretty well, but with the 75 MPH limit (and a lot of people were at 80+) hauling 65 is a bit slow. Not knocking him, just saying riding something that small on the freeway with yahoos speeding all around him took guts.

Even with my Shadow, I don't like going too far on the highway, If I were to do it a lot, I'd get a larger touring bike. I know he had to have a major case of buzz-butt when he finished his ride.
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PostSubject: Re: Rider's got balls   Rider's got balls I_icon_minitimeFri Feb 08, 2013 1:46 pm

Well of course you'd get that high-frequency massage. I used to get that tingle on long trips with my Goldwing by riding on the rumble strips. It felt a lot like my old Triumph Thunderbird back in the 50s. Kinda nice on the backside on a long ride.
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