Welcome to the forum man. I too am originally from Houston and also started on a 250 (2010), I LOVED that bike. I have a zx6r now, I love the power, but miss the maneuverability of my 250. If I could've afford to, I would have kept the 250 and bought a new zx6r. Enjoy the bike and the forum bro. This is a great source of info and an all around good community of members.