Looks like the ninja 250 would be the bike for you after all. I would still stick with my original feedback on saddle time prior to adding a passenger. I am not sure what or how much riding time you will get this season, so 2010 may be the year for 2-up riding. I am sure I had multiple years riding before going with a passenger (ugly duckling syndrome). The ugly is still there and I improve on it as time passes, but the wife doesn’t seem to mind. Anyway, be honest with yourself and you will make the better choices because of it. Ride safe and God bless. Jon D.