At What Point Do I Give Up? The First Time I’ve Thought that I Can’t Repair My Honda Rebel


My flywheel-pulling failure has turned into quite a debacle, with all sorts of suggestions being provided from users of the Honda Rebel Forum. But at this point, I’m not sure that I can both get the flywheel back on, and also fix the leak.

I’ve banged, prodded, pried, pulled, air-impacted, and beat on this stupid flywheel, and I can’t get it to do a damn thing.

I’ve been so dedicated to this bike, and I’ve been prepared to fix pretty much anything that I’ve come across, and I’ve tackled those problems with all the energy I could muster.

This is the first time that a repair has gone so horribly wrong that I’m not sure what I should do. I’m not a person who considers their self to be an easy quitter.

Just what should I do in the meantime, anyway? How long can I just let it sit on the back of my mind? I’ve been working on it every day for a week, and still have the same results as I did before.

Isn’t it that insanity is repeating the same actions expecting a different result? I feel as though I’m well on my way here!

If I do give up on the bike, then what? What do I do with it? I’ve got so many new, and new-ish parts on it that it seems like a waste to just get rid of it without getting some serious miles out of it.

I suppose the most money would be made out of parting it out. But that’s a lot of work, and kind of a worst-case scenario, right? It’s something I have to think of, though. If I can’t get it to run, that’s about all I can do, right?

And then what do I do as far as riding? There’s quite a few bikes I’ve been thinking about, and then even more I’ve been fantasizing about (a Ural, for example, would be a great fantasy bike, but who has a spare $12,000 sitting around?).

I’m so past knowing what I can do with it. People have been telling me to get rid of it since day one and I haven’t listened to them. This time, nobody’s telling me to get rid of it, and I’m glad (I think they finally realized that I didn’t care what their opinion was), but as far as the bike goes, that’s what has been on my mind.

So my options seem to be:

  1. Find a way to get the flywheel off and hope nothing else is wrong with it.
  2. Remove the flywheel and split the crankcase – the ensuing costs of replacing every part within it will follow
  3. Replace the motor with a Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger version a’la eBay, and hope that it’s not plagued by some unknown illness. Realize that I will never roll the odometer over naturally.
  4. Sell the bike to someone who wants to part it out, and buy a new bike.
  5. Sell the bike to someone who wants to fix it up, and buy a new bike.
  6. Something else I haven’t thought of. Suggestions? Comments?
  7. Burning it and collecting insurance money only works in the movies, I’m assuming.

Man, parting it out would be an incredibly tall order. Either way, it’s an option.


I’m definitely open to suggestions.


So, I decided to give up on giving up, and I got my shit together and cut the stupid flywheel off.

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