Great option. New riders should be able to flat foot a bike, I say. What can happen is if you have to lean the bike a little to the left to stop, and that left foot encounters sand or gravel, then you can easily drop the bike if your foot slides out. Also backing up is much harder s you bump into foot pegs and have a hard time keeping the bike balanced. Same with stopping on a hill. An up-slant makes the distance to the ground farther where you need to put your foot/feet down so suddenly you can't reach the ground any more. Not good. I'm almost 5'7" so I can easily flat foot the CB300F. I have had to pass on other bikes like the entire supermoto/dual sport style of bike due to the high seats. Not a fan of the cruisers, but they have the lowest seats which is why you often see really short people riding Hogs, I guess.