Originally Posted by KnowYourRights
A squid is a squid whether he's on a 250 single or Gixxer.
True, but a squid on a 250 is less likely to kill themselves and/or someone else than if they were on a gsxr, cbr, zx6r, r6, etc.
Just off the top of my head, you pretty much eliminate the following accidents by starting a squid or new rider on a 250
- anything other than a very deliberate clutch wheelie, which even requires you to bounce the front end (without a sprocket kit, don't know how easily 250s with a different sprocket wheelie)
- significantly less likely to die by being ham-fisted
A 250 gives some of those squids a chance to grow out of their squidly ways; not all will make it, but those who don't were going to kill themselves doing something dangerous anyways.
Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique
So I've been working on a 73 Honda CB250 with a friend. Essentially he had a bike without a title, then bought a frame with a title, so we're taking everything off the old frame and putting it on the new one. It's a pretty cool learning experience. This was all with the intention of buying it for like $600 and learning to ride on it.
I want a more powerful one to eventually ride to work, and found this 74 Honda CB550 online for $1200. I'm considering buying this one instead:
This a good bike to learn on? I know it's great because it's easy to work on. I haven't ridden before but am planning on taking the classes, getting a helmet and all the gear and stuff. Would it be a bad idea to go right up to the 550 and learn on that?
That's a nice classic bike.
For a bike that old with 500cc, I really wouldn't be all that worried.
Talking out of my ass, today's Ninja250 is probably about as powerful as that '74 honda cb550 given performance improvements over time, etc.
My only concern is there is a very likely chance you're going to drop the bike at least once in your first year of riding.
I imagine spare parts will be hard to find.