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.