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I guess I'm lucky that most riders appreciate my CB300F. I was at Youtuber Snowcat's meetup in North Vancouver a few months ago on a rental CB300F (don't pick up my own CB300F for another few weeks), getting off right as a Superduke was parking behind me. I heard a group of guys say nice bike and I assumed they were talking about the Superduke. Then they came up to me and started talking to me, I was pleasantly surprised and made some new friends off the bat who were riding CBR 300R, 500R, 600RR, and 1000RRs themselves.

The only people who tell me I need a bigger bike are people who don't own one themselves. The only opinion I care about is my wife's who says I would probably look better on a bigger bike lol so at least I have that buy in should I choose to upgrade to a bigger bike. But the only bigger bike I like is the NC700X/NC750X and maybe the VStrom 650. I've never felt comfortable when I demoed bigger nakeds like the SV650, FZ07, XSR900, etc. I like my low displacement and/or adventure format.
 

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You can also look at the Versys 650. It's beautiful. I want one but I'm broke and I love my CBR250R. So well looked after I might never let her go.

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I got my CBR250R brand new 4 years ago. I'm still the only one in my cohort of friends that are still riding the bike they started with around the time we all got our licenses. I've commuted with it and tracked it at least once a year since. 25,000 miles, 3 sets of tires, 2 chains, 2 exhaust systems, and 1 major Hondacare-covered mechanical issue later, my bike is still going strong and I see no point in ever trading "up" for the street when the only place they truly lose me is on a fairly straight road. You can hang off in the corners with the best of them on this bike. In fact, just the opposite has started to occur among my group. Within the last year, 3 R3's and 2 Ninja 300's have joined me on the streets. I feel somewhat vindicated. Yes, this all depends on the roads where you live but sometimes less is more. Owning a 600 supersport is great and all but for the street and only the street is ultimately pointless.
 

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Lots of great comments.
I have ridden all sizes of motos for over 50 years. I also ride my 250 with friends who own larger motos ( most liter+ ). I have no problem keeping up; my friends are mature, responsible riders and if they weren't I wouldn't ride with them. Public streets are not racetracks. To ride at excessive speed on public roads is illegal, irresponsible and immoral. Within these limitations, the 250 performs adequately but excels in efficiency and economy.
I understand the attraction of larger motos; the acceleration, high speeds and powerful brakes. It entices one to exercise these capabilities but to do so crosses the lines of safety and legality on public roads. If one wants to ride fast , take it to the track. I would personally feel somewhat frustrated and foolish if I owned one of these superbikes . My goals as a rider are to ride as safely and as smoothly as possible; to eliminate crashes and collisions and close calls and to get great fuel economy and still have fun. @steelo, you are correct in your feelings, don't let peer pressure push you into anything you don't want to do.
 

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great advice..
for me starting with cb72 250 twin and riding
'everywhere' on this great little machine
[8" twin leading shoe front brake]
ended up trading her in on a cb450 twin
based on weekend inter-city runs and overtakes
[country highway],, then a few years later
same runs they then had b-double semi trailers
where a couple of close overtakes had me in to
honda again for trade in on cb750sohc 4..

she handled the b-doubles in her stride..
[yet even so,, todays cbr's would kill them]..

thats my point, honda makes models for all work
and play.. you pay one way or the other for
that extra power and weight, on the stock bike
designed for the 'average' rider..

now with cbr250r [stolen] then 300r
im a very happy vegemite...
 

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I’ll say 2 things... one, any friends who don’t accept you as a fellow rider and understand that you’re going to ride what you like and not force you to be reckless aren’t very good friends to ride with.
Two, I ride with 2 buddies, one on a 600RR and one on a ZX-10R. They know I can’t keep up in a straight. It’s cool. But they also know when they get in the twisties they can’t keep up with me. Ride to the bikes strengths and just enjoy it. If they’re so worried about people keeping up they should try a track day and see how little they know and just how much they rely on horsepower to compensate for their ridding skill.

True story
 
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