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 Post subject: Anybody know how to make your Rebel go faster?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 12:26 am 
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Hi I just bought a Honda Rebel 250 (2008) I love the size and how light it is but its kinda slow anybody know how to make it faster? Or is it not possible I hope not but I can't find any aftermarket parts for it :cry: Please help!


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In the immortal words of millenniumrebel,

the only way to make a Rebel faster is to use it as a trade-in.

It is the second-smallest street bike available in America. No; there are no "performance parts" available that will turn this sixteen horsepower machine into a nitro-spewing street eater. If you could somehow _double_ the performance, you'd still be looking at thirty two ponies.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 6:06 am 
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Too slow? That thing'll get you a ticket on any road/highway. I take it your trying to ride with friends on bigger bikes?

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 6:48 am 
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Run your RPMs higher before you shift. I found that my bike was lagging and not wanting to go over 65, so I wound out the gears a bit more, running the RPMs higher before I shifted. I noticed an immediate difference.

Somebody posted what 'their' shifting points were, I think it may have been Duke, and I tried that. Worked fine for me. I don't remember what it was though, I just go by "feel"

The Rebel can handle some high RPMs though, so give 'er the beans and see what you get

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 Post subject: Re: Anybody know how to make your Rebel go faster?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 6:51 am 
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Lanz66 wrote:
Hi I just bought a Honda Rebel 250 (2008) I love the size and how light it is but its kinda slow anybody know how to make it faster? Or is it not possible I hope not but I can't find any aftermarket parts for it :cry: Please help!


The easiest (and least popular) suggestion: lose weight.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 7:42 am 
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How fast does it go? How many miles are on it?

I bought my 08 brand new last year. I didnt go over 60 the first 300 miles, at that point max speed was about 65. After the first oil change around 800 miles top speed was about 73. Now top speed on a good day is well over 80 but wind can slow that down noticably.

As others have said your weight can affect speed. How fast do you really need to go? If its fast acceleration you want, wind it out to the marks on the speedo. If thats not fast enough, you will have to get a different bike.


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I am finding that most cars can take off faster than my Rebel when I am at a stop light. Maybe I am not shifting fast enought.

What about you guys?


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:20 am 
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Your not getting the revs up. I never had a problem leaving cages behind at a stop light. Wind that motor out. Don't be afraid.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:53 am 
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OK then, you want to accelerate faster. Rev it out to near the little marks on the speeometer, to me, 5MPH less than the marks does just as well. But keep in mind that the Rebel will only accelerate as fast as a low powered 4 cylinder car. But that should be fast enough, I've had many small cars, a Hyundai, Festiva, Escort, Saturn, I currently drive a 4 cyl Camry, all can pull away from traffic if revved up.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:27 am 
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I find that a steep hill or massive tail wind helps.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:29 am 
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haha i leave everyone in the dust at stop lights, as you learn the bike you will learn how to go faster and what can help you achieve your goal speed.


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 Post subject: Re: Anybody know how to make your Rebel go faster?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:53 am 
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Lanz66 wrote:
Hi I just bought a Honda Rebel 250 (2008) I love the size and how light it is but its kinda slow anybody know how to make it faster?


Throw it off a cliff?


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 12:34 pm 
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if you ride past a scooter or a little kid on a pedal bike then you will feel infinitely faster, but when i had the 02 rebel i was able to take her up to 90, going downhill from vermont to boston, that's with a new rear tire and a fresh oil change, (though i shouldn't have been going above 60mph on a new tire, a chain adjustment to get the proper tension was also in order. and i agree the RPM approach is a solid one. the rebel engine can really take a beating and just smile

good luck

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 7:58 pm 
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Tie it to the back bumper of a Greyhound.
or
Have you tried drafting a semi ?

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:02 pm 
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I've always been about taking people off the line. Even when I had the 50cc Honda Elite, I'd try to take people off the light. Its not about racing, its about reaction time. I did it with the moped, the 30' Police SWAT truck, the school busses, the motorhome, the '82 Diplomat, the '78 Volare, etc, etc...

Now that I have the Mustang GT, I find that people want to race me. Alot. I'm not into that, so it kinda sucks the fun out of it for me. When I'm on the Rebel though, people don't look at me that way. For me, it brings the fun back to stop lights. If I can get a good jump out of the gate, I'm a happy guy. Most times, I can get up to the speed limit before they do and that makes me happy. Its the simple things in life I guess.

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How much do you weigh? If you can stand to shed a few lbs. that will help you a bit in more ways then 1.

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Medic wrote:
I've always been about taking people off the line. I did it with ..... the motorhome.


Oh, that was you!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 5:36 am 
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mudbug42 wrote:
Have you tried drafting a semi ?


I was about 100ft behind a semi today on the freeway. We were both going 70 by the Rebels speedometer. When he took an exit my speed dropped by 4MPH, and I did not move my throttle hand. So that actually does work even though you are not 1 ft apart like a NASCAR race.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 6:47 am 
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250Rider wrote:
haha I leave everyone in the dust at stop lights, as you learn the bike you will learn how to go faster and what can help you achieve your goal speed.


I too do that...often. also scrunch and legs inside against the tank make you a little aerodynamic. :twisted:

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 2:18 pm 
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I lose speed when I have to shift from 1 to 2.
I believe max speed for 1st gear is 30 KM/h.


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