Hello there me old lardy mate, Empty Sea. I am national of three different countries (with two passports), but was born in Aotearoa, currently reside in the Land of Smiles, and have ridden in about 15 countries. I am 58 years old now. I have been new to motorcycles since 1965. My only training has been at the Hard Knocks Motorcycling School, from which I have yet to graduate. None the less, I was licenced in 1969, and have raked up a few kilometers on the road since then, in addition to some off road.Welcome to the MC41 Club. I think you'll love the bike. Where are you from, how old are you, are you new to biking? A few questions that help us figure out whether we will like you or not. LOL j/k
At my MSF class this past weekend, the instructor (a Goldwing rider, God bless him) asked the class to push their seats back then lean forward and put their elbows on the desk in front of them. He then said "Now picture sitting that way for two hours. Who's going to think THAT's comfortable?" My reply was "I do. Sometimes I get a sore back from sitting for two hours in my recliner in my living room. Isn't that pretty much the same as two hours on a Wing?" He laughed. Sport bikes aren't his cup of tea, I guess. Goldwings aren't mine. Larger displacement bikes may be your friends' cup of tea, but they will come around to understand your perspective once they see how much fun you're having on your 250. Welcome again. And where in the USA are you?And someone asked how old I am, I'm 40. Now being an American I am bashed for buying a "small" 250 cc bike. All my friends have 1100-1400cc bikes so it's nice to find people who appreciate the 250 bikes. Meaning most Americans love everything supersized. Should seen the grief I got for buying Honda Ridgeline, to each is own.
I'm in Arizona, Bullhead area. Such a beautiful area not to have a bike is almost a sin, lol. At 70ish mpg the bike will probably be my daily driver almost all year. My dream is to ride the coast along California someday, cant wait. I also relooked into this, the CBR is too new to compare so I used brand X's 250. Kelly blue book shows retail value on a 2011 to be $3585 and a 2010 retail value of $3235 so to loose almost $300 for no reason wasn't worth it. AND if anyone cares, and I'm sure we all do, the Honda resale value is much higher per KBB-they show a 2011 CBR250R valued at $3610 so another reason to buy a Honda.And where in the USA are you?
Obviously not a squid then. Like me, it seems you were lucky enough to start riding off the road. Once I got on the road it was just a matter of learning how to handle traffic, though there was little of that where I lived as a kid.I know its the same bike, 2 things came to mind. For 1 everyone's been sitting on it with their dirty butts---lol just kidding, no the only reason was for resale value someday in the future and it is kinda nice to get it right outa the box. Now my wife says it will be handed down to her in the future so my resale value idea might be worthless at this point. My family is into dirt bikes and they all ride Kawasaki's, my son races he has 2 KX65's and all I've ever owned is Hondas, I just sold my CR250.
Actually I prefer the term quasi-intellectual. Being liked has never been particularly important to me. Being blunt works best in my job; if I seem rude, so be it. I am not too worried about being right either. I tell my students to have a guess.... Right or wrong they can learn something. Sometimes being wrong puts one on the path to learning more.^ Leave it to you, Mikey, to tell people how to increase their potential of being liked; almost ironic, really. Also, I'm surprised that you didn't list 221B Baker St. as one of your prior residencies, what with your amazing deduction that a person who decided to buy a 2012 v. a 2011 must be a new rider.
As to liking you, I think you're a pseudo-intellectual condescending windbag who should spend less time calling people squids and more time riding his CBR250R ... oh wait... you don't even own one. All that said, you're less caustic than some here and say some pretty funny and informative things, so sure, I like you. And it never mattered where you were from, or how old, you were. Those are not qualifiers for me which is why I said (LOL j/k) after my post to our new member.
Screw the bashers. They're clearly clueless.And someone asked how old I am, I'm 40. Now being an American I am bashed for buying a "small" 250 cc bike. All my friends have 1100-1400cc bikes so it's nice to find people who appreciate the 250 bikes. Meaning most Americans love everything supersized. Should seen the grief I got for buying Honda Ridgeline, to each is own.