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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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I've been riding for 30 years, and I still learn new things every now and then. It's usually small but useful specific stuff on roads that I travel often. When I drive my car, it's different. I still enjoy the experience, but it's not as involved. I feel much more at one with the journey on my bike, as I do in the car, and I seem to notice more things, that I wouldn't in the car (road surface, cambers, scenery etc.). ;)
My CBR 250R is fine for me, but it wouldn't be any good for two up touring. I don't do any of that, so it is of no consequence. We are all different, and we all have different tastes, wants and needs. I've had quite a few bikes in the past, and I think that I've found the bike that best suits my needs, but it won't be everyone's cup of tea. Enjoy the bike that best suits you, and respect other's choices. ;)
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