I started riding in January and I got my first bike, an '09 Ninja 250, in February. Since the Ninja was getting pretty high in mileage, I decided to sell it while it still had some life left in it, so that I could at least get some money back out of it. I put around 1,500 miles on the bike in the ~4 months I owned it and I feel pretty confident in my riding skills at this point --the weather here in the PNW is good practice for less-than-ideal riding conditions.
Sportbikes aren't really my thing so for my second bike I'm looking for a cruiser that I can do some touring on in the future. I'm hoping that my second bike will have a larger engine better suited for long stretches of highway riding.