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 Post subject: Can the Rebel 250 go on the Freeway? What is top speed?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 12:36 am 
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"You can't keep up with us, your bike is too slow."

"Too bad 250cc isn't enough power to go the speed limit on the freeway."

You've heard it before, or you've heard or asked a variant of the same...

What's the top speed?
Can the 250 go highway speeds?


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YES

View this VIDEO CLICK HERE (thanks to Skel3tor1!)

See these pictures:

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(s)miles: 11,111.6 (darn too slow with the camera)
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Yes, that is a large tank bag. That was a fun trip- 800 miles in all.
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Obligatory self-portrait while riding through the Texas hill country:
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Texas isn't flat, people. :)
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Tossed a couple extras in for good measure.

YEAH- It's a 250. That's bigger than many countries allow!

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 12:46 am 
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http://rebel250.com/rebelforum/viewtopic.php?t=7345
http://rebel250.com/rebelforum/viewtopic.php?t=9347

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 1:18 pm 
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I was wondering when this topic would become a sticky.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 1:21 pm 
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woulda when i first saw it ... but i at least snagged it and spread it across threads for saving - all i could do now

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2007 8:35 am 
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Is this bike modified in some way to make it go faster?
My rebel seems to be stuck at 65mph maybe 70 at a push...


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2007 8:56 am 
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When are you shifting?

Do a little searching, and you'll find that most suggest shifting into 5th around 55mph. I got to 75 the other day at WOT (Wide Open Throttle) -- into a blistering headwind! I know I could have hit 85 if not for the wind.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2007 6:23 pm 
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i just did a sprocket swap form 33 to 30 tooth rear now i can top out 4th at 85


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2007 7:13 pm 
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I'm not doubting you; I'm about to start work on a project bike, so I'm curious about such things as what you're discussing:

Can you repeat this more or less at will? I see you're in Atlanta, so I know it's a bit hilly. Any issues with going uphill, particularly under acceleration?

What mileage or dead-stop pull-offs differences can you confirm?

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2007 7:28 pm 
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well i did the swap yesterday and i took it out for a little break in and to see what it would do, i topped out every gear and this is what i have come up with
1st- to 35
2nd- to 55
3rd- to75
4th- to 85
and thats all i got up to.from a dead stop i didn't notice much difference in acceleration and im 5'10 at 200 pounds i haven't hit any decent sized hills yet and haven't been able to calculate fuel mileage but in the next week or so ill post my findings, ill tell you i was amazed how much it improved my top end though, im planning on getting a speedo that goes past 85 to get a top speed reading


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2007 7:35 pm 
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Keep me posted, please.

My plan is to set-up a Rebel 250 specifically for touring.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2007 7:41 pm 
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ok no problem, i know right now from a full tank to res. is about 147 miles so tomorrow im gonna fill her up and run it to the res. and do some calculations depending on the weather


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 5:15 pm 
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conformation well I just got back from a short ride to Atlanta, took her on I-20, and keeping up with traffic in the fast lane was no problem 4th dose top out at 85 and like I said earlier. I need to get a new speedo to see what 5th goes to, all I can say is that it flys, but im in it for the fuel millage and not having to rev so high when commuting coz I go to south Carolina about once a month and 85 north can be ruthless at times, im pretty sure im gonna get some notable gains in fuel millage


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2007 6:48 am 
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ambivolent wrote:
I just did a sprocket swap form 33 to 30 tooth rear now I can top out 4th at 85


How difficult was it too switch out the rear sprocket. I am planning on switching out the front 15T sprocket to a 16T sprocket (easy change) and have thought about changing the rear sprocket also. (but I have a gz250 and not a rebel), should be about the same though.


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 Post subject: Re: Can the Rebel 250 go on the Freeway? What is top speed?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2007 6:48 am 
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Nice video, I watched it twice.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2007 4:58 pm 
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Remove the rear wheel (brake linkages, chain, etc), unbolt the sprocket, reassemble.

A competent wrench can do it in under thirty minutes.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2007 6:16 pm 
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davidc83 wrote:
.... I am planning on switching out the front 15T sprocket to a 16T sprocket ....


Try searching on this, but I recall reading there may be some clearance issues with a bigger front sprocket.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 12:08 pm 
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I still don't understand why everyone wants to change the gearing on a Rebel. It performs perfectly when operated properly within the powerband.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 2:10 pm 
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Different strokes and all that.

I intend to do it on my 'tourer' to maximize the range on a tankful, and possibly drop the RPM just a wee bit in the 50-60 mph range. What can I say? The silky smoothness of the Valk has spoiled me somewhat ;)

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 12:38 pm 
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I am changing out the front sprocket to lower the rpm's a wee bit. It operates excellently but I do not like hearing it reving that high, even though I know it is normal. My own satisfaction. I am going to install it before the Franklin trip if it arrives in time (on backorder, dang it). Shouldnt have a clearance problem, lots of guys on the gz forum has installed it with no issues. I think the gz has a little more clearance than the rebels. Also, I know the stock 250 rebels are quicker and faster than my gz, at least quicker off the line and better going up hills, I want to be able to keep up with you guys :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:47 pm 
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RC:

David's got a Suzi; I don't know if these have the same clearance issue that the Rebel does.

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