Everybody (who can ride well, and many who can't) has dropped their bike at some point. Me, I dropped mine 4 times in the first 4 years. Each of those times added to my experience, and the last time was 16 years ago.
A 250 is a little small if you plan on riding the interstate over to Myrtle Beach to watch the waves crash against the shore.
The 80's standards aren't bad bikes to learn on, they're relatively cheap, and girls seem to enjoy riding on them at least as much as they do the newer bikes. Damn trying not to be the slowest guy out there, with the limited experience you have, you should be. One of the leading causes of crashes in this game are people going for too much, too soon.
Read the mags, get some instruction if you can, and practice braking and turning, skills which WILL save your life at some point in your riding career, and in time you will get where you want to be......in one piece.