Hi! I am a "beginner" rider and new to the forum. To be fair, my brother was a pretty successful flat track racer and I have been around motorcycles most of my life, but never had much interest in them until this year. So, when I called my Dad to tell him I wanted to learn to ride, he was ecstatic! He started me out riding a little dirt bike around their property, then sent me to school for my endorsement. Between these two things, I got a good grasp on my basic skills (starting, shifting, braking, etc) before ever getting on a street bike.
Long story short (when my Dad thought I had a good enough grasp), we found a used little Ninja 250 for me. I am a very small person, 5'2", 105lbs. I can get my feet on the ground on this bike, and the throttle has been pretty forgiving when I make mistakes. I am having a blast learning and riding and just trying to get my 2,000 miles so I can come to school! It has been an awesome beginner bike and I had a lot of fun this past summer getting out on it. It has enough power for highway speeds, which is good because I keep my bike at my parents and we have to get on the highway at least once each ride. I would totally recommend it.