i had ridden alot of bikes, everything from 600's, 1000's, and harleys, but the first bike i bought was a 98 600. i think its a good first bike if you know what your doin and dont act like a dumb shit on it. my view is there is no point in buying a katana or something just to trade it for a r bike in a year cause you realize after three months of riding it that its a slow peice of shit. everytime you sell a bike to get another you will probably lose some money. just keep your head out of you ass. stupid people give you "new guys" a bad rep.