Kawasaki Ninja 250 (2012)
Learning to ride a motorcycle is something I've always wanted to do, but it took my whole life turning upside down to finally get me on a bike. This year has been full of transitions for me: my marriage came to an abrupt end, I moved to a new city to start a new job, my daughter turned 18 and I turned 40. To celebrate the positive changes and move past the negative ones, I've been doing more of the things that I'd always wanted to, and one of those was to buy my beautiful new 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250.
I've taken part of the MSF course once, but the instructors and I agreed I needed more practice, so my Ninja hasn't made a trip on the freeway yet.l But I ride her everywhere I can (within the confines of my learner's permit, of course) and am hoping to retake the MSF course soon. In the meantime, she's an amazingly fun ride - frugal on gas, with enough power to be fun but not so much that I'm tempted to do something stupid. She's relatively light and easy to handle, especially compared to the Harleys and Honda cruisers my friends have. As near as I can tell, she's exactly the right bike for me, and I have a hard time imagining myself needing something bigger.