Author Topic: Am I expecting too much?  (Read 1044 times)

iansoady

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Re: Am I expecting too much?
« Reply #30 on: October 13, 2022, 03:27:38 PM »
OK the little Honda is now for sale here & on Gumtree https://www.gumtree.com/p/honda-motorbikes/1980-honda-cb250-rsa/1443927095 . At a discount for TC members!
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Re: Am I expecting too much?
« Reply #31 on: October 14, 2022, 03:57:02 PM »
This is tricky.

I think a lot of folk remember the 250rs from when it was newish, and so they were a lot younger and…well, lighter?

I last had one 5 yrs ago, and was still a skinny feller of 62kg (10 an a bit stone in old money). Diagnosed coeliac and not eating gluten, I’m now a coupla stone heavier, but still below average “biker weight” so I think thry are still fairly brisk.


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A nicer answer might be that once its warmed up, you can rev it quite a bit, you arent being unkind, its meant to do that. Maybe have a shot of someones 250Suoerdream, which feels loads bigger but more sluggish. Or the 90s/noughties CB250 Nighthawk, v dull indeed.
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Re: Am I expecting too much?
« Reply #32 on: October 15, 2022, 09:27:25 AM »
I had a 250 superdream as a commuter a while ago and it was dire. I replaced the engine with a 400 and it was much better but a bit porky. Anyway I like thumpers!

A young lad came round today to have a look at the 250RS - seemed quite keen but hasn't had a bike before and very ignorant. Asked me why the back brake (left hand handlebar lever) was so soft!!!!

The local CB400SS was sold by the time I got in touch. There's a scruffy one in Bristol which I don't fancy and a kickstart only one in Norfolk so neither for me.

There's what looks like quite a nice on on Gumtree but the photos are poor and it's a bit pricey.

https://www.gumtree.com/p/honda-motorbikes/honda-cb-400-ss-2006-motorbike-/1442376083

 Many thanks to Tony for suggesting these as they look just the job.
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Re: Am I expecting too much?
« Reply #33 on: October 15, 2022, 10:38:38 PM »
Another example Ian but possibly not an electric start version. As with any purchase I would be inclined to bide your time until the right bike come along which is more local to you

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Re: Am I expecting too much?
« Reply #34 on: October 16, 2022, 12:02:20 AM »
These really are beautiful!
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Re: Am I expecting too much?
« Reply #35 on: October 16, 2022, 09:08:55 AM »
Many thanks Tony, that's very nice looking but as you suggest I think it's the early kickstart only version. You're probably right I should be patient but that has never been one of my virtues.....
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