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So I went and sat on some bikes

And what do you know the least likely from a style perspective was the one that made me giggle.

A little background: 5' 6" 150lb lady here, took the MSF about a year and a half ago and got my endorsement and enjoyed being passenger on the husbands S2R 800 (not comfy) and then his Multistrada (much more comfy). But the itch (and funds) for my own fun are back to get my own bike. So while I have the endorsement confidence is low and I am a beginner.

So after much pondering, perhaps too much research I narrowed my options. I know I want something short enough I can flat foot, lightweight, 250-300 cc, ideally that can handle light/occasional highway use (less than 70mph - highways here are crowded and slow) but mostly something to have fun with or commute on surface streets. Would be great to be able to keep up my hubs but I like the saying its more fun to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow. Style-wise I would go for a Scrambler (café style) or Monster (naked sport/upright) but those don't match up to the other criteria (including cost <$4K)

Dealer near me still has a 2015 Honda CB300F, a couple used Ninja 250s, Suzuki TU250x, and lightly used Yamaha R3. So I sat on all of them and they all fit. The Honda CB300F seems like the best fit on paper (naked upright that can manage a highway here and there). What do you know but the R3 had me making smiling and making vroom sounds.

Am I crazy to go for something in the sport category? Something that is not stylewise what I would first pick? Something that - lets be real I am never going to track. It reads as beginner capable from reviews but then again all those reviews also took it on a track day.

Going back this weekend and asking the hubs to test ride on my behalf, is this a bad idea? He's ridden for 20+ years so figure he is more likely to spot any issues with the used ones than I would.

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They make those bikes because they sell and sell a lot. So no, you aren't crzy in that respect. As long as you keep the rides short you'll be fine. Sport bikes get a little uncomfortable for many on long rides. That's really the only drawback. Getting a second opinion is a great idea. That opinion being your hub maybe not. Husband and wife rarely agree on anything. Good luck though but be warned. You may not be able to be a passenger once you ride your own. Some can. MONI right here at this site can. My wife could not. Our styles of riding became very apparent once she started riding her own.
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...Dealer near me still has a 2015 Honda CB300F, a couple used Ninja 250s, Suzuki TU250x, and lightly used Yamaha R3. So I sat on all of them and they all fit. The Honda CB300F seems like the best fit ...
If you can find a (two cylinder) cb500f, choose that instead of 300. Both of these (300 and 500) are not "sports bikes" at all! I would call them "road bikes". The riding position on those is upright and quite comfortable. I did tens of thousands of miles solo touring cross-country on a very similar, only slightly heavier (600cc) bike.
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All of the 300 series JAP bikes are fantastic rides and all get very good reviews. The Kawasaki Ninja 300 and the Yamaha are both twins and are smoother and faster, The CBR300 is a single but according to reviews as capable as the others. All of these can be purchased for less than $4,000 if you "Internet shop."

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Going back this weekend and asking the hubs to test ride on my behalf, is this a bad idea?
Not bad at all, but you should test it too since you're the one who will ride it and fit is very important on a bike. What works for one person, may not for the next. If you want a 250cc old school looking bike, the TU250x might be worth a look and is a good starter bike.

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I used to have a Ninja 250r. Great bike, my youngest son still rides it. I loved how light and easy it was. Made riding in town and short rides just fun. Still, I wanted to go further and for longer rides and that seating position was just killing me. A used one will hold its value well and if you want more in a couple of years, you will be able to get the better share of your money back on trade.
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