btw, great idea to start with the 250cc bike. I also took the MSF course and got my endorsement. I walked into Barney's here in Tampa and was considering buying a new 07' GSXR600. Yes the Ninja250's were cheaper
(A LOT!) but WOW..everyone has a gixxer! I wanted one to! But I left the shop, went online, listened to what people had to say, and it wasn't a hard decision in the end. Got a bike two weeks later that fit me, not just size wise (i'm only 5'2"), but something that was more forgiving for newbie mistakes. I put 1100 miles on my 250cc in less than a month and I know I can take twisties and switchbacks better than some people on their 1 liter bikes. +1 on the 250 as a starter bike. I'll eventually get a bigger bike, but for now I'm loving the lil' bumblebee.
just my .02