So did a little more riding around the neighborhood and did a little better. Gonna take it to a nearby parking lot tomorrow. My question is, how long until you became confident on the bike?.....I'm feeling like its gonna be forever!.....lol
Welcome to the forum pogodo, and congratulations on your new CBR250R!
Confidence will come with time, don't rush it. Just enjoy the miles, and only ride with in your ability. Don't get rushed, if traffic gets behind you and it makes you nervous, you can always find a place to safely pull over, and let them go by. The MSF course should help a lot. When they teach about counter steering, pay close attention.
I will have owned my CBR three weeks tomorrow, and would say I'm starting to feel more comfortable with it. I started out riding mostly on lesser traveled roads around home. It was a good way for me to get a feel for the bike. Then I started adding in short rides down minor highways at low traffic times of the day. Started riding through town most recently to help me get more used to traffic. Being out there with all those cars has been the hardest thing for me to get used to so far. But I'm getting there.
That being said, I do have dirt bike experience, and it has given me a head start with the CBR. Even though the two are quite different.
Please allow me to share some words of wisdom that was given to me by my Dad when I got my first automobile. He told me, "Son, when you think you've got this car all figured out, that's when it's going to get you hurt". I was reminded of those words the other day when I took a corner much faster than I should have. Praise God I didn't lose control, but I was clearly driving beyond my ability. Lesson learned.