I passed my test about 5 years ago but at the time couldn't justify a bike as I was running two cars at the time. A change of work location was the excuse I was looking for to justify buying a bike for the 40 mile round trip commute (London to Guildford).
Essentially, I had next to no riding experience so even though aspirationally I wanted a litre sports bike, practically and financially I couldn't make that step.
I looked around for about 2 months at SV 650s, CBF 600s and FZ6 Fazer's. None of them really grabbed me but in the end I settled on a 06, <6k mile FZ6 in what seemed near perfect condition for £3k.
Looking back over my last 2 years of riding I have been very happy with the FZ6. I have done around 12k miles and other than servicing and a set of tyres, the ONLY additional cost I have incurred is a rear brake light bulb. Apart from that nothing has gone wrong with this bike, no starting issues, no reliability issues,literally nothing which is fantastic.
Yes, as I have become more experienced there have been a few niggles - I want more power, particularly around 4-6k revs, I want a bit more volume from a safety perspective and I have issues (as most Fazer owners do) with the gear changes (particularly changing down or getting a false neutral between 5-6 at high speed). Apart from that it has been/is a great bike. I am currently looking to trade up to a GSFr 750 or similar but not in any hurry. Would I recommend a Fazer.....absolutely. I would describe myself as a keen biker who likes to ride quickly (but safely) and the Fazer has allowed me to do just that whilst costing next to nothing to own and maintain.