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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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Do you guys who have ridden for decades still feel like you are perfecting some subtle detail each time out?
In general, no, but when I move into a different environment, a different country, if even a different area in the same country, there is usually a bit to learn. Each place has its own little quirks and customs about how people behave on the road.

There are differences between bikes too. I have ridden bikes with 3, 4, 5, and 6 speed gear boxes as well as CVT transmissions, where you don't change gear at all.

The standard change pattern is down to first the up for all the rest, with neutral between first and second, but I have ridden bikes with other patterns.

Gear change on the left and rear brake on the right is standard, but I have ridden bikes with it the other way around. Those CVT machines usually have the tear brake on the left hand handle bar.

Whenever I get new tyres there is a difference to get used to, more so with a change of brand.

All in all, it is adjusting more than learning.
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