Okay, I've been on the back of bikes (everything from HD's to Sportbikes) since I was old enough to understand the words "hold on tight". Now, at 26, have the money and friends that ride all the time, it's time for me to get off the back and ride my own. Taking the MSF class in September...Question...I'm reading a lot of you giving advice for starter bikes, and I honestly think any 600 would be too big for me...my fear, the only thing I've heard recommended for ladies of my height/weight is something along the lines of little Ninja 250's....What's wrong with a 500? Too big still??? Is the response time and power enough on a 250 to get out of a jam if one is encountered? What about stability? Are they really good starters for us little girls?