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post #21 of 47 Old 03-26-2015, 12:28 PM
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Within the last couple of weeks, two friends both told me (independent of each other) that I should add at least ONE large displacement bike to my stable. I asked why. One said that it would be useful when I'm on a long trip and have to ride at 80 mph for long stretches at a time (Really. I'm not making this up - this is what he said). I replied that this description simply isn't the kind of riding I enjoy. I much prefer to ride twisty secondary roads, and enjoy the ride, take my time, fully embrace the scenery around me, stop lots, take photos, interact with my transmission frequently - I want a more immersive experience. You just can't get that riding fast on straight Interstate highways on a large displacement bike. He continued to perseverate on the high-speed riding so I could get to my destination faster theme. He just didn't get it. The other fellow has some small displacement bikes. He didn't elaborate on why it was essential for me to own a larger one. Not sure what the draw is. I've ridden many large displacement bikes over the past 5 years - and with the exception of blistering straight-line acceleration - I find them boring. There - I said it. My CBR150R does 95% of everything that I want or need it to do - and it does that stuff well - with character. A large displacement bike would probably deliver about 85% of all the things I want it to do (including not delivering exceptional fuel economy). It's just not a compromise I'm willing to live with at this time.

I've recently completed another 4000 km touring and camping trip on my CBR150R. It's hard to imagine how doing the same trip on a large displacement bike might be anymore fun and enjoyable. I'm convinced it would be less so.

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Falcon,

Well said. Actually in Thailand, the first thing they say is: Big Bike! LOL

It's like an Oxymoron in a way. Always messes with my mind as this is the smallest street bike I've ever owned.

But they all ride since they are babies over there......I live living in a country where Motorcycles Rule!

Love, love, love my Big Bike 250R! Woot Woot!

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theres a time and place for everything..

hondas magnificent wide ranging model lineup
is a manifestation of this basic reality..

depending on the individual, time and place
could be anywhere at any time,, including
on a 249/286cc honda single...
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theres a time and place for everything..

hondas magnificent wide ranging model lineup
is a manifestation of this basic reality..

depending on the individual, time and place
could be anywhere at any time,, including
on a 249/286cc honda single...
Love how you explain things, almost poetic
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glad you see it that way mate,,
first line goes back to antiquity tho,
rest is just observation, from members
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Love how you explain things, almost poetic
I'm glad someone does. No offense to shisoshin, but I almost immediately skip reading any of his posts when I see them now. It's almost like reading olde Shakespearean English, makes my head hurt trying to make sense of it all. It's unfortunate, really, because I can tell he has a lot of good information and insight, but the delivery really misses the mark (for myself at least) for the sake of character and style.
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I agree. I have rode/owned larger bikes and yes a 600 is faster but the weight and everything that goes with it makes it more of a burden. I love the Cbr250 in traffic - and when I go out on a couple hundred mile weekend ride the gas is cheap!
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love reading this forum - makes me feel good again about owning my little 250. went on a small group ride with a few buddies from work (two harleys and a 1000+cc honda cruiser). Needless to say, my bike was the smallest of the bunch. I had some trouble keeping up on the interstate at 80mph. But once we got to the twisties, I left those big clunky boats in the dust haha. I ended the day feeling like I needed to get a bigger bike, but i thought to myself, what kind of riding do I really enjoy? What fun is it going 90mph in a straight line on a freeway. I'd rather be downshifting into a corner at 25mph and twisting the throttle out of the corner. Could the 250 use a bit more high-end power? sure. Only wish they made the 300 when I bought my bike.

I live in NYC and the small, nimble 250 is perfect for urban riding. Low cost of ownership, low maintenance, reliability, and just enough power where you won't get yourself hurt are all reasons why our little CBR's rule! This forum rocks!
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used to do weekend canberra to sydney runs
on country 'highways' with traffic incl b-doubles
and semi's in convoy [etc] in one hit on my cb750/4
friday arvo returning sunday night, in 3 1/2 'fun' hours..

that 750 honda could do 'everything' [on the road]..
but her role in life those weekends was to get there,
fast and safely, including sliding thru traffic
and taking out b-doubles, plus moaning along
not far off idle at almost the speed limit..
loved that motorcycle [and the next 750/4]..

my cb72 250 twin did 'everything', or had a go at it,
back then, and we had heaps of 'fun' doing it all..
but for those longer faster runs, it wasnt fair
flogging her, or safe taking on b-doubles etc..

now, 3yrs with 'black beauty' cbr250r, continuing
with cbr300ra after bb stolen, and in different
riding environment[s], not high speed runs,
she [they] do 'everything' asked of them..

its not fun tho,, which is something kids have
playing in the mud etc.. its more like pleasure,
enjoyment of a modern well designed honda
in environments she thinks are 'fun'..

you simply cant compare ego based needs
to real riding incl entering zen states,
of mindfulness and, deep pleasure..
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I have had a few people say oh it's only a 250 thats not very big...but then they ride it and say wow this thing is really awesome for a 250. SMH
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