Best of tips above. I bought the 600r in '97 & first in our area. Oh yes the black one as well.
So here it is '05 & I still have it though also have a '00 Honda 929 & '03 Honda 954 I purchased out of the crate in August of '04.
The 600r is the first bike out in the Spring & last to be put away in the fall. All because this bike is very forgiving compared to the two others. It may be claimed 412lbs dry weight, only it does not freel like that to me.
Personally I find the saddle to soft & prefer the harder saddles of the 929/954 & while the riding position is not as extreme on the 600r with quite a large fairing all is on the good side for a beginner.
Basically all I have been doing is feeding the bike petrol, oil, tyres, chains, & sprockets.
Still I will admit though rider error of riding some twisties way to fast along with some spilled grave/sand from a truck I went down with the bike in June of '03. The frame slider did its job though the blow was pretty hard & finally the bolt folded back, totalled the nose piece & right panel. True front brake lever was bent, but was able to bring it back & have touched up the bar end & a few other parts with pain.
I could not see myself buying a new petrol tank or the fairing on the sub carriers or a new can so those show there "battle scars".
Actually the 600r is the ONLY bike I will ride use on short runs to a shop or someplace, leaving the bike exposed to those wanting to steal sportbikes, knowing said scars sort of turn the crooks off & besides they realize it is an old design though do not realize what a good bike it is.
Lastly you will find the suspension system is a bit on the soft side & when blasting twisties at high speeds you might notice it is a bit spongy compared to something like my other two bikes.
Otherwise this is a darn good bike with amazing brakes when it came out & STILL tops in stopping power PLUS having a nice mid-range engine that most of the other 600s do not bar the Kwacker ZZ-R600.
Lastly the ONLY things I have put on the bike are Kevlar front brake lines, but I do that to all bikes, & some protection to the petrol tank.
May I suggest that you purchase a Battery Tender & make full use of it? True this is a brand name & the bike came with gel batteries & same for my other two bikes & my '91 Mazda truck. Still this bike is still with its original battery of '97 thanks to the Battery Tender. I plug it in each time I come home & even in the winter months I do the same & do NOT bring in the batteries into my home though it is cold up here in the winter months.