I have heard good things about the new Kawi Ninja 250’s, they look pretty cool and they’re not insanely powerful, but if you think you can handle something with some more power, the SV would be great, they’ve got power and are a little more upright, so you’re not so leaned over like you would be on a GSXR or CBR or any other rocket. Also, check state farm out for full coverage insurance, they’re the lowest that I’ve found, a lot less than other like progressive and geico and the other ones.
Shop around, take the MSF class if you haven’t already, you’ll learn a shitload. I took it, I had never ridden before, and I feel really comfortable on my GSXR600 after only a few months of riding. Good luck with your choice, shop around, and put up some pics when you decide to take the plunge.
I too have heard the Ninjas are great beginner bikes, the only problem with them that I heard was that they are easy to stall and the bar tends to lock up on certain traffic conditions; and driving here in Jersey isn’t exactly a cakewalk. Is this true?
ProfX, That’s what some guy tried telling me today at my Gym…
Hes rationale was If you don’t go fast and heavy you’ll never build up the strength to match the stress… I know he wasn’t talking about weights on that one, and I don’t believe everything I hear either.
Trust me, a 600 is fast and heavy enough for a new rider. I’m a big guy. I got a 1,000 more out of necessity than because I needed to go faster.