Honestly, I am into Old School stuff overall, but I bought my son (almost 17) a 250 Ninja (as you can see). After he crashed, I rebuilt it and the picture is now in my profile. Thank you to the members that responded as I was questioning repair options and several considerations after the rebuild. Although I am biased toward TORQUE, I am really coming to appreciate the 250 Ninja for its balance and light handling. It's fun to wring out (although I would rather be on my Ducati or Norton in two lane passing situations). Overall though the bike is really fun and certainly very sexy in styling ..... and at 65 MPG. Pretty cool !!