what I rode
My two good friends just got brand new bikes. One bought a GSX 600R, nice bike I rode it the night he brought it home. Took the bike up to 60 in his small subdivision, was alot of fun. First time I had ever ridden a bike that size.
A week later my other buddy went and bought a brand new GS 500 F. BIG difference. Nice looking bike, but wow lacks in power, I was following him on the high way in my ford contour, a little 4 banger, and he would punch it and I kept up with him, though I was giving it all she had, my car kept up with him. Its a good bike for a first time rider IMO. Has the twin parrelle, and its carborated. It was a fun ride though.