This was the first bike over 250cc that I ever rode, and I remember thinking as soon as I pulled away the first time, "This is a proper bike." It isn't mind-bendingly quick but the engine is full of character with a nice little kick around 7000rpm, the ergos are focused enough to give a gentle introduction to sport riding, and the handling is a revelation if you're only used to standard 'learner' bikes. It's also reliable and parts are still easy to find as it shares plenty with so many other bikes (Revere, Africa Twin, Deauville).
Highly recommended for a new rider -- in fact I can't think of a better bike if you're on a restricted licence -- and fun even for the more experienced. The cafe racer-ish looks and single-sided swingarm will make you feel cool, it's torquey and unbelievably narrow so perfect for commuting, and despite what the review above says you'll get well over 100 miles to the tank unless you're thrashing it. Don't be put off by high miles because the engine's virtually unbreakable.
One of the best -- and best-made -- street bikes Honda have ever produced, in my opinion. The 650 (Hawk GT in the US) is even better, but rare in Europe.