this is a great 250cc single motorcycle - esp for the $
with all new engine design, smooth for a single..
aside from a fiamm plug and play louder lower tone horn
and rear set plates to raise and rearward footpegs
[personal ergonomics] im very pleased and contented
with this genuine honda motorcycle..
semi sport riding position [esp with step plates] means
greater flex of ankles, knees, hip joints = easier and better
responses to uneven road surfaces, bumps, potholes etc
[allows bike to 'drop under you' more easily, like dirt bikes]
also, allows better contact with inner and back thighs to seat
thus better contact with tank inner thighs/knees..
this means your lower back is better isolated from direct
shocks which radiate into your legs/torso rather than
straight up into your spine, as in a more 'hunched' position,,
this also allows an easier lean forward naturally into the wind
rather than your body acting like a parachute in upright positions,
thus more comfort for the highway sections you mention..
agree with comments on larger wheels compared to scooter wheels
esp for handling small potholes, instead of dropping into them
as small wheels tend to do..
handling is different to scooter due to inherent design elements
such as c of g more central than a scooter.. these things
have been influenced by many years of racing feedback..
this is a small, narrow, well balanced and agile motorcycle
well capable of keeping ahead of traffic [safety factor]
with low maintenance and long service intervals
plus great fuel economy..
top selling motorcycle 2012 and its a honda