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 Post subject: New rider in San Diego Area
PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 3:23 pm 
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Joined: Oct 24, 2012
Motorcycle: 2005 Honda Rebel
Rebel: 250
Country: USA
State/Province: CA
City: Oceanside
I just made arrangements to pick up my first motorcycle, a 2005 honda rebel. the bike is primarily for commutting, about 50-60 miles per week for now. The model i picked up is preety bare bones; no bags, no rack, plain seat. does anyone know where i can get some nice acceseories from that wont break the bank. (paid 2000 for the bike, so i cant really justify a $300 seat) any input would be greatly apprieciated.
anyone else on here in the oceanside/camp pendelton area?


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 Post subject: Re: New rider in San Diego Area
PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 3:36 pm 
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Motorcycle: Rebel 250 plus a few others
Rebel: 250
Country: Canada
State/Province: NB
City: Fredericton
Welcome aboard. I hope you will (if you haven't already) arrange to take the basic riding course. Motorcycles are a whole different thing from a car, and there is a lot to learn about how to stay safe on one and get the most out of it. Good luck.

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 Post subject: Re: New rider in San Diego Area
PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 3:44 pm 
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Motorcycle: 2005 Honda Rebel
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State/Province: CA
City: Oceanside
yea i took the brc here at the begining of the month, its required here. learned allot of things have changed since i was riding a dirt bike 20 years ago... lol


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 Post subject: Re: New rider in San Diego Area
PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 3:54 pm 
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Motorcycle: Rebel 250 plus a few others
Rebel: 250
Country: Canada
State/Province: NB
City: Fredericton
:D Well nothing has really changed with the riding on the street part, although it is a whole new world compared to dirt biking.

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 Post subject: Re: New rider in San Diego Area
PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 4:42 pm 
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Motorcycle: 2008 FLHRC Road King Classic
Rebel: 250
Country: united States
State/Province: In
City: Peru
Welcome to the group. Jacks Rebel Warehouse is a good place to start. http://www.rebelcatalog.com/

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 Post subject: Re: New rider in San Diego Area
PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 5:19 pm 
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Motorcycle: SHADOW, REBEL, NIGHT HAWK
Rebel: 250
Country: USA
State/Province: AR
City: Forrest City
Welcome to the forum. Looks like your already on a great start.

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 Post subject: Re: New rider in San Diego Area
PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:42 pm 
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Rebel: 250
Country: USA
State/Province: MA
City: Amherst
I have a pair of these (as far as I can tell) that have served me reasonably well. They're not huge, but they'll do. I've also heard good things about the Willie & Max slant bags, I think...?

I have a bunch of half-finished projects to work on, but if you're like me the biggest problem you'll have with the seat is the height. I put together a prototype of an extra seat pad that felt good, but I never got around to actually sewing up the cover. I just went and bought a good-quality closed-cell foam camp mattress, cut it into pieces that fit over the seat of the Rebel (total thickness of about 1.5" as tested -- I think the stuff is quarter inch?), and stacked them. It felt great, at least on a "this isn't glued up yet so I'm only going down the road and back" sort of test. Maybe I'll try to get that done this weekend, if I'm home. The idea was to glue them together with some straps through the middle and tie them down to the existing seat, then cover the whole deal with a fake leather cover. Cheap and easy, and probably not TOO ugly.

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 Post subject: Re: New rider in San Diego Area
PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 3:50 pm 
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Joined: Aug 16, 2005
Motorcycle: 08 Versys, 97 C-10, 79 KZ650
Rebel: 250
Country: USA
State/Province: NC
City: Newport
Welcome.

This thread shows the bags several of us used. You can also see a seat pad my wife whipped up using an old boat cushion. Those bags held up much better than I expected for the price. We sold the bike in 08 and the current owner still has the bags on it.

Dan

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