DO NOT LET FRIENDS INFLUENCE YOU! You are making a BIG mistake thinking you're ready to dive into Sportibke 101. You need prefessional instruction and a three year learning curve to step into today's sportbike scene. Go find yourself a Ninja 250 (used for about $1500) and drop it a few times while learning. You'll feel a lot less sick dropping a $1500 bike vs a $9000 bike.Im a new rider 125lbs 5'5" looking for a sport bike that will not be to tall for me. It will be my first bike so im thinking a 600. I took a look at the Ninja 500 and felt it was a bit to plain. Anyone with other suggestions for me?