@ Jon I can't see how the Ninja 250 is a POS. Please elaborate. Yeah it's not powerful, but it's the best bike at what it was designed to do. It is perfect for beginners, is easy and cheap to maintain, easy to ride and learn safe riding skills with, is easy on the wallet, gets excellent gas mileage, and is faster than 90% of the cars on the road. It also has a sporty look, which I know from own experience, is important to a 16 year old beginner. From an engineer's standpoint, I know it's not the latest and greatest design, nor does it possess the sexiest electronics and displays, but Kawasaki just redesigned it and it's a great bike to learn on and they even offer racing opportunities just for 250cc. If you can find a bike that accomplishes all of what I have laid out then great. the Ninja 500 is a good bike too, and is only better in terms of power output. But I don't think the Ninja 250 is a POS. No other bike sold in the US can compete with it. I am an engineer for Honda Racing and I wish we could offer something like that. But the higher-ups say otherwise. Not to offend you or anything, since you know your stuff as a result of working on bikes for over 25 years, plus you're Honda and Suzuki certified, but I really don't see the backing on calling the Ninja 250 a POS. It's also about 1500 bucks cheaper than a 500. Save that moolah for college or something.