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Well, I had a SV650 and it is a very fun and forgiving bike. However, with your gf at 5'2" she is going to have problems reaching the ground for sure. I am a relatively tall female so I didn' thave the height issues.
Other riders who are vertically challenged have gone as far as switching out their dogbones to lower the bike as well as cutting foam from the seat. Aside from that, you're really not going to have too many more options without drastically messing up the handling of the bike.

While she is still relatively new at riding, the ninja 250 may be a better starter. Only because it is slightly lower and will be easier for her to move around. When I say move around, I mean such as in the garage or in or out of packing spaces etc.

After she has a few thousand miles on the ninja, the SV would make an awesome 2nd bike. Check out SVrider.com. If she decides to go with the SV this will by far be the best knowledge base out there.
 
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