My first bike was a ninja 250, I put 500 miles on it in the first two months, then woke up one morning to find it not sitting where I left it. The police found it, but by that time I had another bike. I would recommend that bike to any new rider, it handles great and has plenty of power, I had mine up to 109 mph once (just to see if it could) and it's defiantly faster than a civic. The 70 mpg doesn't hurt either. After it was stolen I found a 1976 Kawasaki KZ900, restored it, and ride it at least twice a week. Once you get on one, you're hooked.
Cars are much more compact if you don't take them apart.
There is a theory which states that if anyone ever figures out how and why the universe came to exist it would instantly dissapear, and a less rational, more complicated one would replace it.
There is another theory which states that this has already happend...