I was a newbie three years ago with my first bike, the F800ST. I have dropped it 2x, both within the first 3 months of riding. And they were the barely moving tipover issues. Once I figured it out at low speeds, it hasn't been much of an issue. And I have had it LOADED up with camping gear! I am taller and leggier than your daughter, but I think a low or extra low seat will do quite nicely. I wouldn't trade my ST for the world now; I feel so in tune with it! Good luck and I am so happy to see this thread. Both my son and daughter want to ride, but their dad (my ex) won't allow it, not even on the bike of mine or my fiance's. It's a shame, but I have to respect his wishes, and I figure there will be plenty of time once they turn 18 to begin that journey with them. Only a few more years!