New rider here. Just signed up for my BRC and will be taking it next week. I plan on purchasing my gear very shortly as well. As for a bike I'm mainly looking for something sporty. I've been researching bikes for a couple of weeks and what seems to keep turning up as a great sporty starter bike is the Ninja 250, which is what I have my mind set on for now, and maybe the CBR250. I'd like a 250 mainly for the insurance cost, as I don't want to pay anything outrageous. However, I'm concerned about the lack of power. I will be doing some highway riding (commuting back and fourth from school/work, etc). It seems that many people say the power is adequate enough to handle highway speeds. Within the last couple of days dual purpose bikes/supermotos have sparked my interest. I still would like something somewhat sporty looking. My budget would also be somewhere around the $2k mark. What are some good bikes that fall in this category for about that price, used of course. Are they adequate enough to handle the highway? I may consider going up in CC's but I don't want to go too high, as I'm only 19 and will be paying for the bike and insurance myself in addition to my car insurance. Any help here?