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Old 03-29-2012, 12:51 PM   #1
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:59 PM   #2
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There was a guy at a place I used to work - had one of these polished and chromed to the max, the frame was custom-worked for a little more rake, (and the welds smoothed-off, etc), had the frame and tank painted a canary-yellow, custom leather seat, etc. - then went and put "Harley Davidson" badges on the tank and custom bar-and-shield stitched on the seatcover. Work was immaculate, he absolutely LOVED that bike.

To my knowledge, he was never hassled over it (the H-D logos).

Lucky him.
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Old 03-29-2012, 06:17 PM   #3
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Interesting. The Honda 250 Hawk of the 60s would top 80mph. And it was fairly smooth (and the engine was like a Swiss watch). Such is "progress".
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:23 AM   #4
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The Nighthawk 250 is a better "beginner's bike", since it's a standard. It's much less cramped than the Rebel. Too bad they stopped selling it past 2008. But since the CBR 250 is now available, which Honda 250cc bike to buy should be a no-brainer.

And which proof-reader didn't catch mistakes like "solider"?
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:05 AM   #5
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Interesting. The Honda 250 Hawk of the 60s would top 80mph. And it was fairly smooth (and the engine was like a Swiss watch). Such is "progress".

Is that the same engine they used in the CL series 160/250/305 etc? that was an excellent motor.
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:44 AM   #6
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Default Would have had one

If this bike had been available when I was a teenager I would most likely have had one. My first bike road bike was a cl175. My first five bikes were Hondas.
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:05 AM   #7
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These are actually great little bikes. We had a young lady friend living with us for a bit while house hunting. She rode that thing to hell 'n back. She even took a road trip with us one summer. Turnpike miles wrung it (and her) out pretty good, but the 2 lane travel was a breeze. I think more manufacturers should provide entry level bikes like this.
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Old 03-30-2012, 12:40 PM   #8
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Smile Kawasaki needs to bring back the 250 Eliminator

I am in the process of putting some TLC in to an 88 Kawasaki 250 Eliminator I got a few months ago. That little bike rips for a 250. I have also had several 250 ninjas and this is definitely torquier. It will do freeway speeds all day. My girlfriend is only 5 foot 1 so this will be her first bike and should make a great one. I am 5 foot 7 and can barely squeeze into it so I know what your saying about the Rebels ergos The Rebel is way overpriced for what it is but will do to learn the ropes. We need more small bikes that are up to date that "little" people can fit on for sure
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Old 03-30-2012, 12:57 PM   #9
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The Nighthawk 250 is a better "beginner's bike", since it's a standard. It's much less cramped than the Rebel. Too bad they stopped selling it past 2008. But since the CBR 250 is now available, which Honda 250cc bike to buy should be a no-brainer.

And which proof-reader didn't catch mistakes like "solider"?
All of them! Edit in the works - thx!
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Old 03-30-2012, 04:54 PM   #10
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While this bike is 'nice' it is waaay over priced.
How can this be $4200? As pointed out, Honda's all new CBR is cheaper and offers so much more.
The tooling for the Rebel was paid off, what, in 1990?
This bike should be about $2999.

Another mfg guilty of the same thing is Yamaha with the TW200.
That bike is $4500! And it's been made for 25 years now, basically unchanged.
I actually want one of those but all the used ones I've seen are hurtin', and no way am I going to be a $ucker and drop that coin on a new one.
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