Now look what I’ve started.
Ride whatever you want to ride. I really don’t care. My uncle in the next state rides a big-ass Harley cruiser. Would I ride with him? Sure I would. He was a motorcycle cop and I bet he could still kick my rear-end in a low-speed skills on his lazy-boy on 2-wheels, with CD changer.
Just for fun, can you disprove that the 250 isn’t god’s gift to the beginner, especially a smaller rider? They are easy to find in good condition used, around 2K more or less, parallel-twin, not single cyl, have strong front brakes, are pretty light (especially the 07 and older), redline high, and so on and so forth.