I'll say yes, but a few people on here will disagree (I'm looking at you cookie!)
The thinking goes like this. 600's are tuned for max hp, and thus they are very peaky and tough to handle. Older 600's did not have EFI, exhaust butterfly valves, and other tech which smoothes out power bands, and so they are just as peaky, if not more so, even tho they produce less power.
In my expirience, virtually everyone crashes. squids with liter bikes crash, guys on old 600's crash, people with 250's crash. Most of the time, it is not the bikes fault, and its not even that the bike was hard to handle. Its that the rider starts out having a great time, finds himself in an unexpected situation, gets scared, panicks, and stops thinking. Then riders either fixate on a curb or a stop sign, or just drop their bikes for no good reason at all. Most of the time new riders make no effort to avoid the accident at all. Often times, they activly steer towards it. On the occassions when they do try to avoid it, they do so in the worst possible way, like stab the crap out of the rear brake. Its sort of simular to what happens to 16 y/o drivers who freak out and push both pedals to the floor.
So, with all that said, chances are, you are going to crash your first bike, regardless of what it is. It ok, most people here survived more than one wreck. Get your gear, wear it, and have the sort of bike you can walk away from if you total it. I.E. one that is real cheap, that you dont owe any money on.