Forgive the length, I figured I would share my experiences on the CBR250R.
This is my first motorcycle, 30 years old. I have a Red, Non ABS, and I have had the bike since Tuesday 5/31. My previous experience was riding a nighthawk during the MSF course.
OTD was about 5k even, which is a basically inflated Scottsdale price. They started out at $6400 and obviously were playing hardball with the bike, as I have had a down-payment since February. I got tired of negotiating and decided I was prepared to pay 5k for the bike, and so I paid that. <shrug>
My sales guy was good, he gave me a run down of the bike and gave me some good advice.. I practiced for about an hour close to the dealer before riding home. I considered riding it immediately back to the dealer because I was scared ****-less of the sensation of speed. But, I made it home and the next day I put about 30 more miles on it, and got more comfortable.
The bike is awesome, and I wish I was a better rider with more skill to take advantage of it. I have been riding it as normal, with no consideration whatsoever to break-in, and only worrying about riding around and staying alive. Cornering and turning is generally a hair-raising experience, but I'm getting better.
The brakes are good for me, it has the ability to stop extremely well. The throttle is also easy to work with. I was initially stalling the bike quite a bit, but now I am getting smoother with clutch and throttle.
I like the sound of the bike as-is. I will not be replacing the exhaust. The heat-shield is actually aluminum, and works well. The headlight is extremely bright and looks fantastic. The fit and finish on the bike, to me, is excellent.
Neutral is easy to get to, unlike the MSF bike. However, you do need to shift down to 1st gear while moving. If you are already stopped and cannot get 1st, just roll back a little bit with pressure on the pedal, and it will click right in.
Wind-wise, I will be wearing earplugs, you definitely get a lot of wind noise. I notice no difference in wind on my body laying down or sitting upright. Visibility is very good with the seating position, and I do not think the seat is hard or uncomfortable. Adjusted properly, the mirrors are great. It is good to watch behind you if you are at a stop, to make sure the person behind you is going to stop. I stay in 1st gear at stops, also.
Gauges, the MPH and RPM reading is very easy to see, it seems top quality.
So, still learning. This bike is very forgiving. I love it!