I know a lot of people that started on Ninja 250s. They seem to be a good and popular beginner bike. I even know some guys that still ride them because small displacement bikes are very economical and they love the maneuverability of a small bike. I don’t know anyone that does regular freeway riding though. After seeing the way people drive in my car and reading everyones horror stories I know I’ll be avoiding the interstate even with a large displacement bike capable of keeping up with traffic.