I've been looking around. I bought an '11 with 3,200 miles on it (relatively low). I am noticing that quite a few of these are on the market with 800-1,000 miles. Most of the ads mention "moving up to something bigger". I'm not trying to start a pointless thread but what makes people move up so quickly? I find it hard to believe you gain the experience necessary to pilot a 600 or 1000 supersport in 800-1,000 miles... It just seems as though these CBR's are re-entering the market awfully fast.
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Hi Kyle M3, I'm not sure why other people keep their CBR for such a relatively short period -- for some it come be a case of 'buyers remorse' i.e turned out to be just the wrong bike (probably more common when buyers don't take a test ride).
In my case, I've done 5K km's since August and yes, I am planning to have a ride of both the 2013 Honda 500's and KTM Duke 390 in March just to experience what 40-50 HP feels like. If none of these bikes do it for me then all well and good but if they do, then for sentimental reasons I will keep the 250 for my eldest kid if / when he's ready.
Years ago, I might have done the same thing if I rode motorcycles as a younger man. Trading motorcycles so quickly seems odd to me, too. But that's now in the context of having so many other personal and financial responsibilities that weren't issues in my twenties. It's hard for me to be too critical, though. I've been there, wanting the next cool thing fairly quickly, but that didn't include motorcycles at the time.
You're right to question whether riders, certainly new riders, have the experience after 800 to 1,000 miles to move on to super sports. That seems too soon to me. At any rate, congratulations on finding your lightly used 2011. Enjoy it and ride safely!
It's an excellent question. I know that when I was riding my first bike which was a 250cc, I got bored with it pretty quick and wanted something more substantial and a little more gusto so I could take my wife with me. However at the time, economics kept that from happening until I found a great deal on a 600cc Silverwing. Then I was pretty happy as I kept the 250 as work and errand transport. Now several years later, that's why I bought the CBR. It is a replacement for my first 250. The CBR would not be my choice as my only bike but it sure does fill a lot of needs for me in terms of a commuter, a fun day trip through the mountains, and maybe a short mountain camping man trip. It is a great bike for what it is but my guess is people are wanting something a little more powerful. I wouldn't take it as a personal knock on the bike. I can tell you that I did a lot of research on the CBR before I purchased it and there were too many positives on this bike to not make the purchase. Many positive reviews on this thing ranging from price, practicality, serviceability, and overall performance. The one thing I noted is that the resale value is pretty high at this point for these bikes and that it made more sense for me to buy it new from Honda with 0% financing than to buy a used one paying around 6-7 percent interest. With my trade in and cash down, there is not much left to payoff. It's a great deal for what you get. There are some cheaper 250's on the market... But I don't think any of them approach the quality of a Honda.
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It's a simple matter that most CBR250R owners are newbies, and there's nothing wrong with that. Quite a sensible decision really, if you want a bigger bike in the future. For some of them, this is fine, from what I can see, motorcycles are mainly a weekend toy in the western world. For others, the ones who use a bike for everyday transport, they think that a bigger bike is going to be better for them, until they realise the running costs involved with larger motorcycles (which can be very considerably more), which is fine, if you don't mind the extra cost. It's all down to the individual, and their circumstances. I "downgraded" from an 1150 BMW, and this bike is far better for the way I use it than that. Whatever floats your boat.
You meet the nicest people on a Honda.
Most people trade up because they think they need a bike with more power. Super sports are awesome, don't get me wrong. Handling, power and sexy looks are why people love them. But most people don't even come close to using the bike to its full potential. Let alone have the skills to ride them. But that's what makes the world a great place. We're all different. Thank God.
I own a 2007 Harley Road Glide but as for me, NOTHING beats my 2012 CBR250r for getting around town. I cannot understand why anyone would want to sell off this bike in such short order. Hell, I'm actually considering doing road trip on it.
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