Originally Posted by shan008
i got to know from many sites that many people are selling there new CBR 250R..
the reason they are giving are like
* going abroad
* going for upgrade
* or wants to buy car.
But i don't think these are the proper reason for all. Is it the mileage factor?
or what could be the other reason behind this?
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Good question. All this while I was wondering why no one has asked this question. Your doubt is absolutely genuine. As I see it, there are a couple of types of buyers who would go for such a machine:
(b) Someone who is not an enthusiast but just wants a big, flashy bike with a good brand name
(c) Someone who wants a big bike (may or may not be an enthusiast) but does not want to go for Enfields
In all the above cases (and a few more others), we can safely assume that money won't be an issue.
An enthusiast knows what he is getting into (he also knows that the Ninja is also 250cc but has two cylinders), so he won't sell the bike unless there is a huge gap between his perception and actual performance of the bike (very rare) and/or dissatisfaction with after sales service.
For the (b) type, who doesn't know much about bikes and so purchases it thinking that "hmm....big fully faired Honda superbike, fat rear tyre, same as Ninja but 1.3 lakh cheaper, must be super", the difference between perceived and actual performance would actually be HUGE. The moment he realizes that this is no superbike (maybe a P220 would have overtaken him sometime - not to say that a P220 could ALWAYS overtake the CBR), he would sell it.
For the (c) type, the main reason could be the impracticality of owning such a bike (attention magnet = nicks/scratches/theft), not very good to ride under heavy traffic,etc. - the same reason why so many people are selling their Fortuners.
In all cases, and after having gone through few ownership reviews, I can conclusively rule out any deal-breaking attribute inherent to the CBR. Most owners only crib about the poor quality of plastics and some rust formation here and there and these factors could not be termed as strong enough ones for someone to sell his CBR. That's all. There was one case in which the piston had seized on a new CBR, but it could be termed as an aberration. Moreover, no cash strapped person would go for a CBR and so, fuel efficiency could not be a reason for selling the bike unless the bike is giving like, say, 15 kmpl, which can never be the case, unless there is something wrong with the settings on the bike (owners report getting between 25-37 kmpl).
On hindsight, maybe some owners of the CBR are indeed going abroad, planning an upgrade, or buying a car