I'm still a new rider, but I noticed in the beginning people (including myself) would get flamed big time for choosing an R6 as a first bike. As I've said in my other post, I've only been trying out a YZF600R for no more than a couple of months, and just recently have been trying out an 03 R6. Honestly, it feels GREAT, and very user friendly. I can't see myself not recommending it as a first bike w/ the exception of being smart about things (hot-shotting, bonehead mistakes obviously) and at the same time recommending the MSF course. Anyone agree...disagree?