I'm a complete noob but I just thought I'd throw this out there for the other noobs. I think my 2007 Suzuki C50 is a great first bike, for me anyways. Now I'm a big guy at 5'9" and 290lbs and a former power lifter so the weight of this bike as compared to a 250 or something is not an issue for me. I can hold it up with no problem and if I dropped it I could pick it up without issue; if you are a smaller guy you may want to consider this cuz it is a solid bike. Now the 250 I rode for my training course was easier to turn and maneuver but I hated riding it as I looked like an elephant riding a bicycle on it and it had no power. The 800 cc of my C50 seems like just enough. The bike is big enough that I fit on it well and where the 250s just were no fun with no power this bike has just enough to be fun without being so much that I don't know what to do with. I'd highly recommend my bike to a noob, especially if you are a big guy who wants a wide bike. And I got mine for $2,800.00 for a bike with 9k on it, which I think was a good deal after I got the guy to knock of $600.00, I'm not overly invested in case I lay it down as I go through my growing pains. A lot of people will recommend the 250's as a starter bike but the fun factor is just not there at all, my bike never felt so good after I rode a 250 for a weekend for the course.