Sure there are. Tons of standards, nakeds, etc. And, by definition, you want a "low-end" bike since you may drop it.E.g., go buy a GS500 if you want a standard naked bike. Tons of dual sports, Honda 500X if you want ADV style, etc.
I thought this editorial was pretty interesting - Editorial: There Are Still Bad Cars, But You’ll Never Hear About Them
Basically in short, they said the cars that suck are actually generally at the high end:
Last gen RR sport
Ferrari 360 & 430
No idea if they are right or not as I haven't driven most of these, but definitely a bit more interesting than the usual automotive journalism crap.
Just strip off the plastics on the Ninja and call it a day. Toss on a different headlight if you want to naked/streetfighter it. Probably the best thing to do anyway since you'll be learning on it and will recoup your expenses when you flip it to the next beginner.
The CCW bike is pretty cool looking, but I have read mixed things on their construction quality.
The reason to go with a used Ninja 300, CBR300 or SV650 to start is that they don't really decline in value....
Hm.... I didn't realize we were discussing beginner bikes. again.
Look, there are a million posts out there about what to get as a beginner. But the truth is the answer is pretty obvious. Nobody wants to hear it but this is how it is.
Buy something like a relatively new 300cc bike from craigslist. A Ninja 300, a Rebel 250, whatever. Ride it for a year and sell it for whatever you bought it for. If you are fat then maybe think about one of the Honda 500s or a used Suzuki...