When I got the bug for riding, I planned on starting on a smaller CC bike, eyeballing the CBR250R-300R. Of course my wife was a bit hesitant about this whole idea as well when I first mentioned it (start up cost of bike, gear, etc, along with the potential danger) but long story short she called a local dealership without me knowing and found a very clean CBR250R they just got in for a good deal. Took it home a few days later.
One year after that when I said "I want a bigger bike, like the Versys 650" she just said "Looks good, go for it". I got me a good one! (that applies to both the bike and the wife) :-)
You can't judge a book by its cover, but I know a coloring book when I see one.