This was the first bike I owned after passing my test, a gold Fazer 600S - the one with the belly pan. What a fine bike it was. I'd still have it now if some woman hadn't reversed her husband's BMW into it and wrote it off while I was asleep in bed.
I have to say that the Fazer was a great bike to get used to riding on, but a bit of a leap from the CBF500 I'd passed my test with. Okay, good points about the FZS600: lovely engine, good build quality (carbs means easy to service), good equipment levels - fuel gauge and centre stand are luxuries you miss when they are gone. The riding position is very comfortable and confidence inspiring, you can see around you very easily and long journeys are a breeze.
Minuses? Not many really. The only thing I'll say is that it's a bit top-heavy. At the time I didn't really realise, but the SV650 and new Fazer feel a bit more stable at low speeds and the new FZ6 is definitely easier to get on the centre stand. However, this is really nit picking. One serious problem, though, is the lights - they are really pants.
However, some journalists have said the new FZ6 is not as good as the old Fazer 600. I don't agree at all. I find the new model more stable, better looking, more comfortable and I think an improvement in every way. However, this is a personal thing.