Oooooo that is so cool. I hope she loves her new bike. Please encourage her to join up on the forum; unless that would somehow upset the peace of the household.
Oh I'm trying!!! But she insists she doesn't think she'd be a good forum person so it looks like I'll have to be a "go through" person for a while (I usually just show her posts or email her links to posts I think she'd be interested in).
Congrats to both of you. Those CBR250R bikes sold fast from my local dealer. I bet it will be a popular bike this year. Have you ridden it and have impressions or top speed?
I'll give my first impressions. DISCLAIMER: Only been riding about three years (with a year off inbetween) but I love riding and ride about 12 - 15k miles a year, and year round unless there's snow/ice (which in GA is not very often!).
Getting on it reminded me of my old Honda 919. Pretty much the same seating position and size. The thing is RIDICULOUSLY light. Feels like a little toy compared to my Victory Vision (900 pounds vs 370ish?!). The clutch pull is EXTREMELY light. And yes, I stalled twice cause I'm not used to revving higher than 2.5 to start off from a stop. The manual has you shifting early and often, getting you to 6th gear at 37 mph. That being said, the powerband is pretty wide, and it's nice to know you can probably get to fourth or fifth gear, and just twist your right hand to do any speed changes if you want. And I forgot just how many bugs hit you when you're on an unfaired bike. Had to pull over and clean my helmet visor twice from splatters so I could see (riding home at dusk on back roads....yuck!). Also got hit in the throat pretty hard by some giant bug which sucked.
Cause it's new, and not my bike, I only rode it home from the dealer. about 130 miles. In that 130 miles almost all of it at about 65 - 70 mph, the gas tank emptied by 1/2. So that right there points to REALLY good gas mileage. At 65 - 70 mph, the speedo was at about 6 to 7k, which means there's a little more room to speed up. I've heard that it's top speed is about 85, and I'd say that's probably right. It doesn't speed up quickly, but I think if you take off, you'll still be able to pull away from most traffic at a light. It's a tiny single cylinder engine, but it's still faster off the jump than probably most of the cars out there, and with how most drivers accelerate, I think you can still put a nice space cushion behind you between you and them.
My butt was a little sore after that 130 mile ride home, but I could shift a little on the seat which helped. Seat seems pretty hard. I don't think, as is, it'd be a long mile tourer, but for normal rides it should be fine. I'm sure seat upgrades will be available, or if not, it's low enough to easily accommodate a sheepskin pad or something like that. Brakes are fine, stops great. The main thing I had to remember and get used to was shifting often and early (I didn't want to rev it really high yet), but it's nice that the 6th gear will handle most speed limit changes so I can go from 70 mph, down to 40 mph when I get to that one traffic light town, and no shifting necessary.
All in all, I think this will be a GREAT learner bike for her, has some nice features (fuel injection and mpg were real big PLUSSES in my book), and to be honest, I don't think we'll ever get rid of it. If she ever feels she needs/wants to upgrade in the future, I think I'm gonna keep it for myself as a fun little toy/commuter and relegate the Vision to two-up/touring duty. Honestly, if you're looking for a fun toy, for 4k, this thing fits the bill!!! And after we get her some soft side luggage and put on a topbox, this thing would would be a fun, fuel efficient weekend tourer as well as commuter!
- Like I said, I'm not sure what you want to know, but as I have it in the garage, if you have questions about particular things, let me know and I'll do my best to let you know what I think or what I find about it.