To CR, or not to CR?

I’ve owned my CR for 19 years and never been tempted to stray. But Husq­varna’s 701 is tempt­ing me to fi­nally sell the Honda…

BIKE (UK) - - BIKE LIFE - Paul Lang Art Di­rec­tor

WE HAVE HAD OUR HUSQ­VARNA 701 for over four months and it’s proved to be an amaz­ing bike. We all think so – see Big Test, page 94. I’ve run many long-term test bikes but not since the Du­cati 899 Pani­gale back in 2014 have I ac­tu­ally con­tem­plated buy­ing one... un­til now. Trou­ble is with mod­ern life, fam­ily, mort­gage and kids dis­pos­able in­come is not read­ily avail­able. So I am in a quandary: do I sell my very own Honda CR250 Supermoto to fund my new love? I thought I’d never sell the CR. I’ve owned it since 1998 and due to lack of MX tal­ent it was transformed from race-ready off-roader into a road-go­ing hand­ful. No key, no side­stand and it only runs on pre­mix. All these things make it spe­cial. And it’s pure bik­ing pan­tomime ev­ery­time it’s kicked over as it fills the air with two-stroke nec­tar and makes me gig­gle with that ring-ad­ing ding braaaaaap sound­track. How­ever, the 701 gives me the same buzz but with re­fine­ment, good looks, it’s faster ev­ery­where and all I want to do is ride it. As I write I’m still un­sure what to do. I’ve put a lot of money and ef­fort into the CR and in 19 years I have never thought about part­ing with it. The 701 is that good.

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