Correct. And yes I took the AMO riding course.Go sit on them and see if there's one you like better. It's just one of things you can't know until you do it. There's been bikes I liked on paper, but not so much after sitting on them.
That makes sense. I'll go check them out and test drive them.
I presume this your first bike? If so, have you taken the BRC?
Here is the scenario l like to suggest for first bike owners.
#1 You buy a brand new CBR300 for $5300 out the door, and ride it for 2 years. Along the way you drop it at low speed one time. After 2 years, you are ready for a bigger bike, so you sell it for $3000. Net loss: -$2300
#2 You buy a 2006 Ninja 250 for $2300, and ride it for 2 years. Along the way you drop it at low speed. After 2 years you are ready for a bigger bike. You sell it for $2000.
In both of these scenarios, you are buying a similar bike; the differences in performance are such that, almost certainly, a new rider would find them to be negligible. The difference is, the amount of money you lose in scenario #1 would buy the bike from scenario #2 outright. In my opinion, the only reason to buy brand new when buying your first bike is because you are worried more about looks than becoming a capable rider. Just my $.02