I was trying to establish a baseline of opinion on this site. I had thought that the general consensus was that a 250 or 500 were generally appropriate as beginning motorcycles. The Suzuki 650s have generated more debate, but are included in the “approved list”.
On the smaller end, Rab’s comment seemed to suggest an even more conservative opinion: 250 (although I wonder if the new Ninja 650R is included), or 500, but not the Ninja 500R. So the 500s Rab would sanction, must be cruisers. It sounded, to me, as if Rab would really prefer 250s, with a strong preference for a Nighthawk or cruiser (which is a fairly limited selection in the US).
I’m not looking for acceleration or top speed. Looks don’t really matter to me, but seat and leg position do. I thought going with the Ninja 500 would be conservative (and only after having failed to obtain a NInja 250). I would get a Nighthawk if it were a seriously better choice than the 500. I did wonder about the bikes I talked about at the beginning of this thread, because they seemed lower in both power and acceleration, and because the complete idiot’s guide had mentioned them as beginner bikes.
I asked about the 650R, only because I was curious about why the Suzuki 650 was OK, but the Kawasaki might not be. Personally, I have already decided to stay at 500. In any event, no one here can find a Suzuki naked 650 with ABS (which I confess did appeal to me).
Basically, I just wanted to know if others agreed that even the Ninja 500 was too much (yes, it can accelerate), and if the only real choice other than a cruiser was the Nighthawk 250, being both light and low powered. If so, Is Rab in the minority on that opinion?