I left this forum, after a short stay, in part because of all the cruft. But also because of what seemed like a lot of harsh answers to noob questions.
VeX's post about the 250, riding on freeways, cost, and riding in general is spot on. Not that he needs my validation.... This post may help correctly frame potential new rider's mindsets. It's not easy riding safely or choosing the right motorcycle, gear, friends to listen to and ride with....
I love my 250. It gets awesome gas mileage, keeps up just fine on the freeway and everywhere else. I recently geared it down (or is that up?) to reduce RPMs on the highway. It needed a new chain anyway... The only problem with it is I can't take my girl with me....someday I'll size up just for that...
2004 Ninja 250.