I'm about 5'5" and 137 lbs and I own a Kawi ZX6E (now to be called ZZR600). It's a pretty heavy bike at first, but you get used to things and it becomes second nature to know where to put your foot down. It's pretty top-heavy and yet kinda feels well balanced, though it may be the "second nature" feel that I'm talking about. It's a very forgiving bike, especially in the corners and it's very comfortable as well. It also has great stopping power, which I use a lot due to cagers and stoplights.
When I'm riding, I feel a lot more stable, even in crosswinds and drafts from an 18 wheeler. It's a great choice for a starter bike, and if you want to modify it (extra hp or comfort or sound) there are more aftermarket parts for it than I thought. People on this site, like Jammin Johnny, have more info about aftermarket parts than I do.
It becomes more "flickable" in corners when you're at about half a tank. Again, it all becomes second nature and it may be a bit intimidating at first, but I believe you'll enjoy it. You'll have the comfort AND the speed with good cornering and stopping ability all in one... a very fun ride.
The dash is well done with everything being visible. The clock is a bonus to which I've used many times... maybe I'm anal about time. Anyways, whatever you choose, ride safe and enjoy.!