THE BUYER

‘A YBR250 is as rare as a co­her­ent speech from Don­ald Trump’

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Why small is the new big

Small bikes are big right now – just look at Yamaha’s 321cc MT-03 or the cut-down Du­cati Scram­bler Sixty2. But you don’t have to shell out a for­tune on low­ca­pac­ity, prac­ti­cal fun.

Over in the used mar­ket there’s Suzuki’s lit­tle 250cc sin­gle, the GN250, which mor­phed into the TU250. Then there’s Honda’s CBF250 – a bril­liant lit­tle bike, but sadly killed off in 2012.

These are ab­so­lute gold, right now. A good one is about a grand, and it ab­so­lutely will not de­pre­ci­ate. I guar­an­tee it. The CB Two Fifty, its pre­de­ces­sor, was killed off in 2004, and good ones are now harder to find. Yamaha’s YBR250 is very much in the same mould, but as rare as a co­her­ent speech from Don­ald Trump. There hasn’t been one on ebay for months.

Once they’ve got past the de­pre­ci­a­tion of half-a-dozen years, they don’t fall any fur­ther. What­ever you pay for a good CD250, CB Two Fifty, GN250, TU250, YBR250 or CBF250, if you keep it in the same con­di­tion as you bought it, you’ll sell it for the same money. It’s hard to say that of most bikes.

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