I shake my head back and forth as we drive past a two-wheeled, roadside shrine dedicated to the wild life. A mechanical creature once brought to life in search of the open road and good times, now lies idle. It’s V-twin powerplant stands caged by a falling economy and its handlebars are collared by a “4-sale” sign.
I know what my wife is thinking even before she says, “We can’t afford it. Don’t even think about it.”
However, she agrees to let me purchase a motorcycle as long as it saves us money. And that’s why I considered a 2009 Honda Rebel motorcycle.
Enjoying wind in your hair in a falling economy
While more and more large-displacement motorcycle s are collecting roadside dust while their owners attempt to sell them to shake off a $400-a-month payments, many riders have turned to smaller-displacement motorcycle s with credit-card prices. These bikers will gladly trade off cubic inches of displacement for lower fuel costs and a less-expensive bike so they can enjoy the thrill of riding.
Remember, it’s better to hear, “Why aren’t you riding your bike to work to save gas?” than to shrug your shoulders at a screaming wild woman as she demands, “Have you sold that damn thing yet?”
The Honda Rebel motorcycle began its life in 1985 as an inexpensive offering to appear to first-time riders, college students and female riders. However in recent years, more and more city riders and commuters have put a leg over the 2009 Honda Rebel motorcycle because of its tremendous fuel economy, reliability and low cost of maintenance.
This is where the 2009 Honda Rebel motorcycle shines. The sporty little bike averages about 65-70 miles per gallon, depending on your driving habits. For me, a 40-mile round trip back an forth to work on the Rebel requires less than a half a gallon of gasoline a day. My gasoline-thirsty pickup truck, a requirement when you live deep in the back woods of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, chugs down about 2.5 gallons of the Middle East’s finest during the same journey. At $3 a gallon of gas, I save $6 a day, $30 a week or $1,500 a year on the Honda Rebel. Wow, saving money and riding a motorcycle is like getting paid to…well…eat. I like eating a lot a lot also.
The 2009 Honda Rebel motorcycle sports a 2.6-mile fuel tank so you’ll be able to go about 150 miles before you need a fill-up.
The 2009 Honda Rebel motorcycle is powered by the same air-cooled, 234 CC parallel twin motor that first moved the bike back in the middle 1980s. This means the kinks have been worked out of the motor long ago and riders are able to enjoy years of service out of their Honda Rebel. According to Motorcycle Cruiser Magazine, the 2009 Honda Rebel motorcycle is capable of reaching 80 mph. And that’s fast enough for my trip to work, my journey to the local watering hole, and the weekly charity ride.
The Honda Rebel has classic Harley-Davidson-inspired looks that turn heads where ever you ride. From the swooping handlebars, to the teardrop gas tank and to the Sportster-inspired rear fender and chrome-covered rear shock absorbers, this bike looks like it belongs on the same road as any offering from Milwaukee, Wisc., does.
The 2009 Honda Rebel motorcycle is no two-wheeled weakling either. The 331-pound bike has a 57-inch wheelbase which is long enough to keep you on a the straight and narrow while you motor down the highway. And it’s long enough to survive a feisty side wind or a gust of wind thrown off a passing tractor-trailer truck. The seat height is 26.6 inches so its tall enough for the average rider but low enough for those of us who are 5-foot-7 or shorter.
Pricing for the 2009 Honda Rebel motorcycle is $3,999 plus freight, tax and dealer setup but the gasoline savings are endless.
Motorcycle Cruiser Magazine