I just recently purchased an 08 Ninja 650 as a totally new rider. I’ll be happy to post up just what it’s like as a first time rider using this bike. Will take a few weeks though. At first I was looking at getting the sv650 but two things made me get the Ninja instead. One, all the sv650 (non-sport model) were sold out in my area and two, the Ninja is a pleasure to sit on. Very comfortable.