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    Cool An Even Bigger New Toy...

    Many of you have read my my thread that I started back in November, 2016, entitled "A New Toy for an Old Man". It is replete with glorious pics of my Honda Rebel 250 motorcycle, and relates the joy and excitement I experienced over finding such a low-mileage "cream-puff".

    Well, I recently joined the newly-formed (Mississippi) State Guard Rider's Association, and will be taking longer trips with my State Guard buddies than the 40 and 50 mile trips I've been making on my Honda Rebel 250...so, I came across this splendid, used, 2003 Honda Shadow VLX 600cc, liquid-cooled, motorcycle and decided to take the plunge and buy it before somebody else did.

    This motorcycle had 11,009 miles on the odometer, has no cosmetic blemishes and no evidence that it has ever been laid laid down or wrecked. I paid $2,000 cash for this beautiful bike, spent a little over $300 at the Honda service department to have them go over it with a fine-toothed comb, so to speak, replace spark plugs, and service it according to the 12,000 miles service recommendations in the owner's manual. The dealership assured me that this motorcycle has no mechanical issues that they could find, except for the drive chain was loose, and they snugged it up.

    Enough with all the effusive words...here are the pics you bikers are wanting to see!

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    Note: The Honda Rebel 250 is currently for sale in our classified section, if anyone close by is interested.
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    Nice ride, enjoy it.
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    Congrats!
    I like it -- wish I had some extra dough for a bike.
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    Nice step up! The liquid-cooled Japanese cruisers run forever with a little maintenance.


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    That VLX will get you a long, long way down the road in fine fashion! Enjoy! Congratulations!
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    Nice Ride!!! Excellent Price!! Have FUN!!

    About 8 years ago my father in law bought a 450 Honda so he could ride with my little group on Sunday afternoons. We welcomed him with open arms. After a year on the Honda, he got tired of riding tailgunner,as we all rode Harleys, his little Honda had trouble keeping up leaving lights and stops. So he bought a Yamaha Star 800 or 850, nice bike, no problem keeping up, but it vibrated (buzzed) at 65+. We started doing extended road trips 300-500 miles about once a month... His Yamaha just wasn't real comfy after about 4 hours at 70. After 2 years on the Yamaha, he broke down and bought a HD Heritage Softail. Since then he has riden to both coasts from Michigan, been to Sturgis twice, Laconia twice, Daytona, New Orleans, Vegas, around Lake Superior, and more places than I have been on a motorcycle. He was 70 when he bought the Honda, he will be 78 this year. He seems to get younger and stronger with every mile riden.
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    Nice bike. Enjoy!
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    Nice bike, Harry! That should do nicely out on the big roads. I will say though, I am a tad concerned about the loose chain thing. If the chain and sprockets are stock, they may be due for a change with that mileage. That's not at all high mileage for the bike but it might be for the drivetrain. OEM chains and sprockets tend to be a li'l less than great, especially the sprockets and they can wear rapidly. Most bikes come with decent o-ring chains nowadays but I don't think they ever got away from those soft steel or aluminum sprockets.

    An easy test is to first make sure the chain is adjusted properly. Then, grab the chain on the backside of the rear sprocket at the link most inline with the axle and try to pull it away from the sprocket, you shouldn't be able to. If it's necessary, there are some high quality though reasonably priced aftermarket chains and sprockets, either by piece or in sets. Also, aftermarkets sometimes offer a wider range of sizes so you can tweak your final drive ratio, if you so choose. I think the only bike I ever kept the stock ratio on was my '82 CR480, likely 'coz it was only a 4-speed. It was spot-on for me right out of the box but with every other street or dirt bike, I was always ending up between gears with the factory setups.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garyh View Post
    Nice ride, enjoy it.
    Thank you, garyh, I've already put over 300 enjoyable miles on it since acquiring it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyA View Post
    Congrats!
    I like it -- wish I had some extra dough for a bike.
    Well..dare I say it?...you could sell off some of your guns. (Excuse me while I go to the bathroom and wash my mouth out with lye soap!)

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