I started riding on a Kawasaki 900 in 1974 at age 24. Gave it up for two decades then decided to get back on a bike. Rode a Suzuki Savage for a while but it was pretty tired and like to foul out plugs, probably someones attempt to make it faster.
Spring of 2010 I decided to get on a bike again after not riding for 10 years after the Suzuki. Bought a Kawasaki Eliminator, got my endorsement, and two months later I picked up a 2006 Rebel for $800 with 1874 miles on the ODO. New Battery and some carb cleaning, rode it 4k miles and sold it for $1400. Had a little bobo with some sand on a turn but kept riding after a short break.
A friend of years had passed away at age 75 in the summer of 2010 and I helped his widow dispose of his large gun collection. He had purchased a 1971 Honda CB350 new for $682. The bike had been sitting in the same garage in the house he owned in 1971 but had not been started or moved since 1983. It had 4718 original miles and he had removed the tank and drained it and changed the oil the day before he took it off the road.
About 35 hours of labor later it was looking good and running fine. New fuel petcock, plugs, carbs cleaned, and a couple of hours of shaking the fuel tank with 2 pounds of granite gravel rattling around and it was road worthy, but barely with 40 year old original tires.
I rode it 100 miles on the 28 year old oil and original tires. The inside of the engine was as clean as new, changed the oil and rode it another 150 miles, then replaced the tires.
Oil level never dropped so I changed it to 20-50 Castrol GTX. Now it sits in the garage and I ride it occasionally.
Bought another Rebel, a 1999 for $500 and put a new gas tank on it and rebuilt the carb. Sold it two months later for $1200.
Sold a Fiberfab Kit Car based on a VW chassis for $1900, that I had paid $700 for a year earlier and done some work on over the time period.
Bottom line was I had read about the CBR 250R and thought it might be the perfect bike for me as a daily driver. Read this forum and found one used for a good price with first service already done. Drove 860 miles round trip in a 19 year old Ford pickup truck and brought it home. The funds to purchase came from the sale of the two Rebels and the kit car. While the CBR 250 is not quite the bike the CB350 is as far as power is concerned it certainly has plenty of power for me and at 84.85 MPG over the last 500 miles I couldn't ask for a better combination of performance and economy.
Having done auto body work for almost a decade and then mechanical and parts for another 3, I can take care of most anything myself, but after 40 years of working on vehicles it's nice to just ride and enjoy.