I am a super-newb: rode a motorcycle for the first time in my life at the MSF course, plus I am new to manual transmission. I set my sights on a beginner bike with ABS, and thus got myself a CBR250 ABS (in the Captain America colors) along with a good helmet, shogun frame sliders, and a really paranoid insurance policy. I've now ridden it two times, going in circles in my neighborhood. It has a total of 12 miles on it, and my stalls/miles ratio is now down to 1 (hehehe...)
Also, for your entertainment: at one point today I thought "gee, this feels fast" and glanced at the speedo: 20 mph. Anyone else feel that way when they started out on motorcycles? I'm not interested in being a speed demon, but I've honestly been faster on my bicycle and not felt like that. I think it's going to be awhile before I venture out of my neighborhood.
Welcome to the world of motorcycles and the awesome feeling that goes with it.
You look great (in Maine vernacular, "Wicked Good") on your CBR Thanks for the pic.
Come visit the ever beautiful Northeast and we'll go for a ride.
It is scary at first going fast and especially being in traffic, but with time you wont have any problems. I suggest getting some protective gear, other than just the helmet. I wear a high viz jacket with armor, over pants with hip and knee protection, high protection motorcycle boots, protective gloves, and sometimes kevlar jeans on long trips.
Enjoy your new bike. Great color I have the same. In fact I bought a tank protector that has the captain american shield on it.