I'm 5'3" and can comfortably ride most sport bikes out there. The Daytona 675 is a little high and the Super Duke is high but neither of those are starter bikes anyways.
Look at the GS500 or the GSX650F, as well as the Ninja ex250 (looks way better than the 650r if you ask me) and the Ninja 650r isn't a terrible starter either.
I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.