So if I understand you correctly, you are saying it will be a lot faster than a 250 but won’t be nearly the blast of speed I would get from a 650 or 750. I will be able to travel at highway speed more comfortably (as far as an engine capacity can be termed comfortable) but it will be much slower to get up to freeway speed than a 650 or 750. At the same time, compared to a 250 it is much more powerful and I will need to give the bike a huge measure of respect, especially when learning. At the same time, it will share some of the positive handling characteristics, which will be helpful for a beginner. Am I understanding you?
Since you started on a Vulcan 500, do you still have it? I imagine since it is more powerful you still have it and haven’t “grown out” of it yet? Does this mean this should be considered because it might be more economical, as long as I go into this with “eyes open” and healthy measures of respect? By the way, I realize this is difficult becuase I am asking for verbal discriptions instead of actually trying it out myself. At the same time, I am thinking just moving to a little “higher” powered bike might save me money becuase I won’t outgrow it so fast. Lots of people seem to want a bigger bike at 6 months or so. Me? Maybe I will and maybe I won’t, but I am guessing I will too. This could mean that if I go a step up and focus on respect and learning what I am dealing with, that the 500 might fit me for a much longer time, say 2-3 years or longer? I appreciate your previous response. Thanks. Oh, I should mention that other than the Ninja 250, I am not considering other sport bikes and certainly not bigger sport bikes, just the cruiser class like the Vulcan 500. Since other brands only have sport 500’s, I am not going to consider them, especially for a first bike. I don’t want to go with a 650 or 750 because I am positive those are going to be too overwhelmingly powerful for me to learn with, even if I am careful–despite what the salespeople say! But maybe, just maybe, in addition to the 250’s, I will add the Vulcan 500 to my list for consideration. Since you learned on this bike and it’s very user friendly, maybe I should consider it and see what I think, as well as read reactions from others and talk to others here locally? Sorry, just trying to understand this when I have no experience. Thank you.