My first street legal bike was a 1996 Kawasaki Ninja EX250. Black. I kept it for 3 years before trading it to a friend for his 1992 FZR600. I'm a firm believer that the Ninja 250 is the best beginner bike available.
My first street bike was also a Ninja 250, 2002. I started riding on dirtbikes when I was a little kid, then kind of stopped until the riding bug bit me in my early 20's. I bought a Honda CBR600f4i after my 250, and now riding a track only 2003 600RR. I'm currently looking for a redesigned Ninja 250 to get back into street riding again
Like flor my first bike is still a lil ninja, but an '08. Been riding since February. Well MSF in January if that counts. Never even rode dirt before then. Even if I get a bigger bike some day I never see myself letting go of the 250.
The 250 is definitely a perfect starter bike, i am a female, 5'6" and i knew, without even seeing this bike other than on website pictures and online, that this was gonna be my first bike to own...
I now have my fantasies come reality haha...I'm a grad student with a convertible (97' eclipse spider) and a motorcycle. It's amazing what you can do with financial aid money! (oh and note: if I ask dumb questions in the future, don't hate: just throw me in the right direction )