A couple of my buddies from high school recently got in contact with me to get my advice on motorcycles. They recently got their learner's and are looking to buy a bike, and are interested in picking up a 600.
I know most people say buy a beater like an EX500, Hawk or one of those other great starter bikes. I started on an F2 and with the BCSC course I had no real problems. But I do not want to give bad advice and then have them hurt themselves.
So far I said buy used because the chances are you are going to drop it at least once. I mentioned the normal 600's, except Sukuzi--mainly because their dependability seems a little suspect from what I have heard.
I told them to check out this site, because the more different opinions they can gather, the better informed they will be. So I hope they will check us out and ask a lot of questions, so you experienced guys can help them out too.