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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Jeepguy2, Feb 24, 2013.
Did you buy this brand new, finance it thru the dealer?
Financed part of it. I might sell some collectables, to pay it off. That way I would have more options to get rid of it. With the extended warranty I paid about $6,000 otd. The dealer I bought it from said they would give me $3,200 for it on a trade in. It has 23 miles on it, so I told them I would just keep it for now. Oh well live & learn.
Well I wouldn't totally give up on it. Keep in mind that the motor will take a while to break in. I bought a 2011 WR250X with 800 miles on it to replace my Husky SM610. At first, I thought I'd made a big mistake downsizing to a much smaller bike. The WR felt like a moped at first. But I learned that I just needed to ride it different than the 610. High revs were the key on the WR. And I noticed that when it got to 1400 miles, the engine didn't feel so tight any more. It seemed to have more power. Now I wouldn't go back to the Husky for anything. The lighter WR is more fun to ride. So I'd give it a chance if I were you. Break it in and get some off-road experience. If you still don't like it, then move on to something bigger. But it may just grow on you.
Now that you have a dirty bike, use this spring and summer to try other bikes out.
It's tough getting a test ride at the dealer, and your next bike may have the same end result if you buy it without riding it first.
Get comfortable with your bike, and go on some group rides. Anytime another rider is admiring your bike, offer to let them ride it.
If they bite, that means you get to ride theirs and get a good idea of how other bikes perform.
Or just plain ask them if you can ride theirs.
Have fun with your 250 in the meantime and learn how to ride it off road and on. Rock out with your foot out!
If you find you can't live with it anymore, buy another bike in the fall when the supply is greater and prices are lower.
Hold on to your 250 for a second bike or sell it in the spring.
I agree, pay it off ASAP so you're not wasting money on the interest. You might consider posting a "Want to Trade" here in the Flea Market. Might be somebody with a nice street bike hankering bad to try dual sport. Your extended warranty should be fully transferrable and will certainly sweeten the deal.
Another thing, consider posting in the CRF250L owners thread explaining your mistake. Lots of folks love Hondas, and this is one of Honda's hottest bikes right now. Somebody looking to save a few hundred off new might snap it right up.
Sorry to hear of your disappointment. I can't count how many times I've gotten really excited about a motorcycle after reading road tests and talking to others, and then when I got a chance to ride it for the first time I hated it. Fortunately that has never happened with a motorcycle I've bought.
If I were you I'd ride the heck out of the Honda while you have it. It will give you a lot better baseline for making your next choice. And somehow, some way, get a test ride before you pull the trigger next time. Man, it's hard to guess how something will feel to you.
Congrats on a very neat bike purchase!
I'm a DR650 owner, but my advice would be to also not give up on what could be a very enjoyable bike with a change of attitude and destinations.
Start looking at Google Maps, satellite views, for places to ride to to explore off-road areas. Up in Northeast Ohio you have plenty of woods, and Pennsylvania does as well.
Make it a point to explore, like I did here in the bustiling suburia of south Florida, and you'll find places right around ya that you never knew were there. (Hint: the best time to go explore some areas (i.e. train properties, abandoned properties, etc.) that may not really be 'legal' for a motorcyclsit to ride seems to be very early Sunday morning when neither the locals or the police are expecting much to happen... ride by, don't ride by again unles it's on your way out, and they won't have the time to even figure out what they heard, let alone peep out of their houses to see ya).
The lightness and off-road capability will mean it's the ultimate not-so-legal exploring bike. Just do it. If you don't you'll probably regret it once you get a bigger bike.
This here sounds like a good plan. Use it to learn how to ride dirt before you bump up in power and, probably, weight and height. Find a good deal on a used more-appropriate bike later, and keep the little CRF for a buddy-bike. A lot of the dirt skills that are easier to develop on the small bike will transfer to the bigger bikes later.
Thanks for all the help. I will just have to suck it up & make the best of a poor decision. I fell in love with a 2012 blue klr when I first decided to get back into motorcycles. I hadn't seen anything like it & thought it was the coolest bike I had ever seen. It had 400 miles on it & it was $4700. I almost bought it. Well at least I know what I want in a few years.