Not new to the ninja scene, but new to the 250R. I have a 500R which is in the process of being sold. Despite the downgrade in performance on one end, I am thoroughly impressed on the other. This machine is quite nimble and much more smoother than my 500R ever was. No regrets. Just trying to get through the break-in period; as the miles get put on, it seems to open up a little more. 130 miles down.