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Newbie qxn: When will the learning curve slow down?

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I have had my CBR250r for around 2 months and I feel like I learn something VERY important everytime I read this board and especially every time I go for a ride!

All I heard from the Honda salesman (and friends) was that I would "outgrow the 250" in six weeks. Well, six weeks and 500 miles on 2 lane road and parking lots later...I still feel like I have not even scratched the surface yet.

I am currently learning to ride with proper foot position and keeping my grip loose. (Great Hints from this board!!!)

I can't see moving up to a bigger bike anytime in the next year or two. (If at all)

I enjoy all the redlining and shifting and I even like the sound of the stock exhaust. (Hope that is not offensive)

When I took my motorcycle safety course, they told me I would ride 1-2 times a month. That was so wrong! I ride at least 6 days a week. I had work issues that prevented me from riding for 3 days and my mood got irritable around the house and job. My wife finally told me (at 10pm) - please go for a ride on your bike tomorrow, so you can get back to normal." She even noticed it! My son loves riding it with me as well. He is still elementary school aged, so to him we are riding on a rocket.

All in all, I think this is the perfect bike for me. Not just for 6 months but possibly for years and years. I just wonder if I can expect to keep learning volumes of stuff for the next 6 months or does this curve ever slow down?

Do you guys who have ridden for decades still feel like you are perfecting some subtle detail each time out?

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The learning curve only slows down when you run out of things for yourself to learn.

Keep riding and new situations will arise for you to experience.

Learn the sounds your bike makes and where they are actually coming from. The exhaust is virtually silent why you are riding. You are hearing the engine as it makes the most noise and is closer to your ears than the exhaust. A lot of people seem to confuse this.

Don't let any moron instructor tell you how much you will be driving/riding anything. You'r experience will NEVER be any one else's.

You may one day master your current ride, but you won't master riding motorcycle's just by riding one.

As for those who ride for decades. You can ride motorcycles for 100 years and put 1,000,000,000 miles down, but unless you've experience a sufficient amount of riding situations, you will never been a master.

You're welcome.
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