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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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Next year will mark 50 years of riding not counting 2 years on a mini-bike before I was legal age. I don't learn something every time I ride. I do however keep myself open to the idea that I'll learn something new on this ride today.
The whole "other bike" thing for me isn't about ego, just the fun of riding different machines. I've got $16k invested (the Silverwing is the only bought-new one) so less than a big Harley and each is fun in it's own way.
CBR 250- You all know about this one.
Suzuki S40- A fun cruiser-style 650 thumper, great for short trips down to the lake or out for lunch.
Honda Helix scooter- With a top box this is my grocery getter, errand runner and occasional slow tourer.
Honda Silverwing scooter- For when I want to travel/tour in total comfort and take along a bunch of stuff.

I didn't outgrow (ingrow?) my previous bigger bikes, I just prefer using the minimum required for the job. It's a fun challenge.
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