thanks for the help and advise so far. The bike was flat blue, not gloss, and it was at night so there seemed to have a purple look in it. That may have been just the dark blue edges since it was night. did kawasaki make any ninja's in a flat blue with black rims? that may be it. I KNOW it was a ninja just not what year or model.
I have either seen the same bike twice, or two different ones of it around, in places about 1 hour from each other.
as for my first bike, it won't be my first bike, but my first streetbike. I've owned a ktm 250sx-f for about 2 years now.