You have to do whatever you are comfortable with.
I got back into bikes after a 35 year gap, bought a V-Star from
a dealer 170 miles away, and rode it home. I did not drop it.
The biggest chance of dropping a bike is when you are loading or unloading, be it a trailer or pickup bed or hitch carrier.
If you have motorcycle experience behind you, the memory is still in your head, much like riding a bicycle. If you sucked at it 30 years ago, you will still suck at it now, or the opposite, only you know what it was like.
The good news is the CRF250L is about the most user friendly motorcycle you could get for re-entry. It is not top heavy, and has no bad habits to snare the unwary rider. The clutch engagement is broad and smooth, the power flow is the same. Brakes are very easy to modulate, and you will have to really screw the pooch to find any surprises. It feels much lighter than the published weight, and would be easy to stand up from a nap.
You will be right at home within about one minute after take off, then you
will be having a really pleasant experience and wondering what you were
It is all relative, for example, I learned how to stand up a 900 pound Goldwing from a Utube clip posted by a girl,
and there is a blog on this site by a noob that bought a retired CT110 honda in Australia and rode it from Sydney to London, wearing the same tennis shoes he left with 4 months earlier.
Attitude is everything.
Treebone screwed with this post 04-01-2013 at 09:44 AM