Thanks for your feedback everyone! The whole time I was looking for a 2008+ ninja. For a couple days i was looking at 600's and though they looked really nice(all black R1) , I just knew in my gut I should start with a 250. I didnt want to have a bad experience with a 600 that would scare me away from motorcycling forever so I went back to looking @ ninja's, 250's. I came across this one craigslist ad for a 2006. Previously, all sub 2008 ninja's on C list looked so beat up and just so.. 90's lookin'! But this one looked so nice... the price was so right, and it was black! 1,800 original miles for 2006 was too good to pass up! It was owned by one lady in her 40's who ended up getting tendonitis or something. Anyway I went to look at it and this thing was in MINT condition! I couldnt believe it! It doesnt have a speck of rust or anything. I didnt mind paying $100 under her asking price of $2100. So far I have put 100 miles on it(first day) and worth every penny. I had planned on removing the tribal flames but like I said.. it looks so cherry as is! Only complain is that even for me (5'7ish) it feels a little cramped but Im sure I'll get used to it. Oh, and after an hour or so my hands got a little numb from the vibration maybe? I WAS wearing baseball batting gloves since I misplaced my temp mechanic gloves. Any suggestions on better grips or maybe specific gloves you may recommend? Havent ridden on the highway yet..maybe after a couple more weeks. Anyway here's a pic.. better ones to come hopefully. Thanks again you guys.. I'm sure I'll have more questions soon.