Ninja 250's are great starter bikes and used, low mile specimens(well under 10,000 miles) can be found in the $1400-$2000 price range.
Spend the rest on a MSF course
and good riding gear
A lot of MSF facilities have a Ninja or two. She may be able to try one before she buys.
If she decides to get one and after she gets used to riding it, she can always sell it for close to what she has in it and get a bigger cc bike.
Originally Posted by steveyak
Im also trying to get away from the 250
Just saw this. Well at least get her in a class and get good gear. Don't forget to add gear into that budget.