This is in the budget bike sector of the market, but the look and ride is anything but. After reading numerous reviews and obviously knowing who this bike is pitched at, you know it's mostly a beginners bike. I can say with all confidence, having ridden a good few mid-sized bikes, budget and non-budget, that this is the best beginners bike I have found to date... and by a long way!
What I wanted to add, having ridden 125cc through to 1800cc bikes, this bike is really good fun to ride for anyone. When you wring the neck of this bike (which being a 4 pot engine, it seems to be hungry for revs) it rewards with an even spread of torque bottom to top and a nice predictable build in power, to a screaming 4 cylinder crescendo! I think this is better than buying a sports bike, ok it's not as quick, but on the road sports bikes demand focus and constant 'risk assessment', which for some is the fun of it, for me it can sap the fun out of road riding. The XJ6N IS real world fun, you can hit the red line and enjoy the sound and feel of acceleration, without fearing you life and license (well not like a sporty number anyway), which takes away the stress of stretching your bikes legs. It can also be ridden sedately, returning ridiculously good fuel economy. It's cheap and easy to service with wear and tear items being cheap too.
The styling is bang up to date, there are no bad angles to this bike, exposing it's R6 derived engine for all to admire, with a simply genius stubby side exit exhaust. Mine was yellow, and the metallic paint has a deep quality look, and was truly stunning in the sun. The brakes are strong with predictable feel and defy the 'budget' tag it's given, the clutch is light with perfect metered feel, the gears are slick, easy and accurate to use too.
Ok, it's not as fast as a ZX6R, but I would choose this over a Ninja on the road, I truly would. It just does EVERYTHING so well, as opposed to doing a couple of this well and compromising on the rest. This is one of my all time favourite bikes for this reason, and I could not recommend it enough.
In short - Cheap, fun, quality, stunning...