Motorcycle season has arrived in central Ohio….. Well, minus the snow we had today…. and possibly tomorrow….
Last Friday, I took a much needed vacation day and decided to make the most of the rare sunshine and mild temperatures by pulling my bike out of the garage and getting it ready for riding season.
This old Rebel 250 can sometimes have a bit of an attitude problem at the start of the spring. Back in 2009 these didn’t come equipped with fuel injection, so it’s always a toss up as to whether or not it’s going to start without a fight (or a trip to the shop) after a long winter. This year, however, after a quick battery charge and a fresh tank of gas it started right up!
At the end of last year I had a problem with the shift lever coming loose so I took a wrench to it to make sure that the locking nut I put on was holding tight. After letting the engine warm up and doing a good check of the brakes, the horn, the chain, and all the flashing lights it was time to get out on the road.
Every year I say I’m going to sell this thing and get something bigger, louder, faster… but every year I’m reminded about how much fun it is to ride this bike. The Honda Rebel isn’t the fastest (understatement of the year), or the loudest (at best it sounds like a well tuned weed wacker), but it does get over 60 miles per gallon, it will do highway speeds without any trouble if you keep up on maintenance, and its got to be one of the best commuter motorcycles you can get. It has just enough power to get you through traffic while staying humble enough to stifle any temptation you might have to become a daredevil in a roundabout.
This year I plan to get more riding time in with a trip or two to the Hocking Hills region, and maybe someplace’s near the lake. Maybe next year I’ll get something new…. (but probably not)
Now all I need is for the warm weather to stick around.