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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 think 1000 miles is a pretty big turning point for most. Somewhere around 750 miles a light bulb went on over my head and I started doing alot more things right. Not really scared of it much any more. It's a very stable and predictable device if used within it's limits (and mine). About the only thing that freaks me out is wind like you get if a storm is approaching. Unpredictable pushes this way and that at highway speeds can be very disconcerting.
I think 1000 miles is right around when it for me it stopped being some big event for me to take the motorcycle out anywhere. Those first few hundred miles every time I got on the bike I'd have to give myself a pep talk, be mentally prepared, I'd have a healthy dose of fear/stress/amazement while riding, and inevitably I'd make a mistake or two per ride.

After about 1000 miles, while there is still obviously a lot of learn, I don't think twice about taking the bike anywhere - I've frequently used it for commuting in rush hour traffic.

My point is I think we've all been there, and you do reach eventually reach a point where you get more comfortable with things.
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Who knew this thread would dissolve into another BS argument over bigger bikes and egos? :confused:

Wouldn't it be great if motorcycle riders would stop making snap judgments at each other and pointing fingers about what is and what is not a correct appropriate type of motorcycle to own and ride? Why do some riders feel the need to be judge jury and executioner over who should ride what? :rolleyes: Some people enjoy riding liter bike race replicas, some people enjoy riding high power adventure bikes, some people enjoy riding high revving 600 class super sports, some people just want a practical bike for commuting. Make your choice and seriously shut up about it and crawl down from your high horse. :rolleyes:
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Sorry my comments weren't actually directed at anyone in particular. I think I just had a knee jerk reaction to seeing 4-5 posts talking about egos and big bikes and had a post traumatic stress reaction to the DudeMan-esque threads which involved 15 pages of BS surrounding the topic.
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