OK, let's feed our collective egos here - let's tell stories about people admiring our bikes!
If this has been done before here, sorry I don't claim this to be a highly original thought! I'll take the noob defense...
Anyway, last night after dinnertime, my boss at work organized an ad hoc Sunday morning ride with me and some guys we work with.
Now, Kentucky state route 22 east and west of Falmouth is a very popular sport bike run. Guys come from nearby states just to run it.
On our way through the hamlet of Willow, we stopped off for a break at the Willow Farm Center near the intersection of 10 and 22. Apparently this is a popular place to pull over and rest a few minutes, because the store is closed and there aren't a whole lot of public places to pull over out there in the countryside.
Here's a picture of our group pulled over (ours are the four bikes on the right; my CBR250R is the second from the right):
Not long after this picture was taken, we heard a throaty roar as a BMW S1000RR pulled into the lot with an Indiana license plate:
The rider, wearing full leathers, got off and lit up a smoke. He was an older guy with a grizzled look, obviously a very experienced rider. I could hardly see any chicken strips on his tires, maybe 1/8" at most. He took a couple of questions about his bike, then ambled down the line of parked bikes to see what was there. The only bike that drew his attention? You guessed it - he gravitated to my CBR250R!
My boss, who has been riding 30+ years, said that most experienced, veteran motorcyclists are just fascinated and intrigued by the CBR250R.
I have to admit: as a newbie it felt kinda cool to be surrounded by all these bigger and more powerful bikes, yet be recognized as someone with the good sense and taste to be riding an interesting and alluring motorcycle like the CBR250R.