I actually have a post somewhere on this site where I actually did say I wish I started on a ninja 250. The first day I rode my sv650 I dropped it coming to a stop. The second week, I dropped it again. I rode my buddy’s ninja 250 that first day and it was really more comfortable and more manageable for a noob doing going in and out of parking lots. It took me a while to get comfortable at parking lot with lots of people speed on the sv650 as well as slow speed tight right handers and uturns. This is just my experience starting on an 650cc bike and riding a ninja 250. Granted I’m in the physically average range of 5’8″ and 160 lbs. so I don’t have the cramped issues with tall/heavy persons on sports bikes. And my experience doesn’t necessarily reflect other’s experience. There’s a few people that have learned on a 600cc bike just fine, but they’re probably in the minority… but that’s just my feeling.
Your posts do smack of wanting validation though, imo.
Edit: ben started on a gs500f and he’s said in a post also that he would start on a ninja 250 if he had to start all over again.
If there’s anything more important than my ego
around, I want it caught and shot now…