The YZF 600R is a great bike to start out on. I bought a 2002
last year in the Blue/White. It has the big boy looks and will
take on the curves also. It's nice having the 5 gal tank. I bet I
got 50mpg on mine when I would just cruise. The seating is very
comfy for both driver and passenger. The clip-on's are mounted
over the triple tree (not under it) for more comfort. The 03's are
the same as the 02's. I just sold mine last Sunday. I've had a
R1 since January. I miss the seating and comfort of the 600R.
It's a nice ridable and enjoyable bike to ride.
On the downside, the 600R is a little under powered when you
first start off. Not a whole lot of torque down low. It makes good
power around 5k and higher then the bike starts to wake up.
The whole bike is in need of a redesign. I can't understand why
Yamaha has not done any real up dates to it. It still has the same
design as it did in the late 90's, but hey maybe their thinking why
mess up a good thing???? Just keep in mind it's not a R6 or a R1.
I think if you did a few mods to it such as a good slip-on and maybe a stage 3 jet kit it might be up there close to a stock R6.
I think you would have a blast on it. It's fun to ride and learn on.
Then sell it and move up to something larger or keep it and have