Bravo.I don't know that a girl's starter bike should be any different than a guy's starter bike but that's just my opinion. Many of us are inseam challenged so seat height is often a consideration for the ladies. My bike progression from start 'til now:
MSF course on a Honda Rebel
'01 Kawasaki BN125 - starter bike - 800 miles then outgrew it.
'03 Honda CBR 600 F4i, lowered 2.5 inches - 8000 miles, met an unfortunate end (long and ugly story).
'05 Gixxer 600 Street/Track transformer - 34,000 miles then upgraded to
'08 Gixxer 750 Street/Track transformer - 5,000 miles and counting
Your girl should be a big part of the decision making process. Be safe, start smaller, and work towards a bigger bike if she wants it. It's a lot easier to learn on something less powerful even if the "cool" factor isn't there right away.
I did the same thing...and thank god for frame sliders b/c they saved the bike from my "OH CHIT I CAN'T HOLD IT" moments.I'd never been on a bike before...took the MSF class and finished on August 30th 2009 and bought a GSX-R 600 a week later. I love it. I fell while going about 2 miles an hour about 3 times... each time while trying to turn but stopping at the last minute...because of second guessing. Haven't fallen since...
I really am glad I at least started on a 600. I'm not bored at all yet, don't think I will be for awhile, and at least it's a bike I can grow into it... and keep up once I'm super experienced...