I am looking to get a new motorcycle and get back into riding after a 6 year absence. I rode dirtbikes when I was a kid, got my Honda z50 on my 7th birthday (wish I still had it to pass on to my son!).
I got my first road bike in 1998, it was a 1990 Honda Hawk GT (NT650), which I rode until 2005. Put about 50,000 miles on it, a couple track days and Keith Code's Superbike School... I loved that bike!
Right before I sold her, still awaiting paint on the new solo tail section:
During that time I also picked up, rode, and then sold a 1978 Honda Hawk CB400T, a 1990 Suzuki GS500E, and a 1987 Yamaha Virago 1100.
Having moved from NC, to DC, to southern California, then central TX, it seemed like a good time to trade in my beloved Hawk GT for a cruiser, so went with a 2005 Victory Kingpin Deluxe to ride 2-up in comfort with my new wife.
Then we got pregnant with our son, LOL. I continued to commute occasionally on the cruiser, but with the needs of a new baby I felt it best to sell the Victory.
Flash forward six years later and I never lost the itch to ride. We had a Vespa 150LX for a while "for my wife", but she never really took to it. Her brother lowsided it and rashed up enough of the bodywork that the insurance company totaled it, so off it went.
I then tried to fill the need with a motorized bicycle. I had a blast building it, and it was tons of fun to ride, but I ended up blowing up the motor around 35 MPH (the wrist pin bearing gave up around 500 miles):
So here we are. I cannot deny it, I WANT TO RIDE! LOL. Ever since riding my old Hawk GT I have loved small, nimble bikes. It looks like the Honda CBR250R is exactly what I am looking for.
I commute in to the office once a week, so am looking for a bike to do that commute on nice days, and for short trips to the store and general bouncing about. No long distance tours, just enough to unwind
Oddly enough, I picked up a Razor MX350 electric motorcycle for my son when he was 5, which he learned to ride before learning to ride a bicycle. It is in his blood
I am hoping to go for a test ride later this week, the dealership right across the street has a nice black 2012 that I have my eye on... Their website is saying $3,599, which sounds reasonable to me. I am hoping to wrangle a new helmet in the deal. My old gloves, boots, and jackets are in fine shape but I definitely need a new full face helmet.