Ok, review probably seems a bit high (verging on favouritism)but as the title says, I dont know any better.
It seems too good a bike not to have a review so thought I'd put in my tuppence worth.
I only passed in March 07 and I'm now on my second one. I find it very comfortable for my size (6ft2) with a ride position that suits me. The 2 I've had have never let me down, were/was cheap and cheerful, handle fine for my experience and the engines Japanese so bullet proof.
Again, I haven't the knowledge or experience to know any better, but I'd highly recommend them as a first bike.
My 1994 is a lot better than my old 1989 one, lighter (but with less power), it seems to handle better and is building my confidence nicely.