Ben has a zx-6r. He’d know best if that would make a good beginner’s bike. A couple of good ones in the 650cc range are the kawasaki 650r or the sv650s. The 2008 sv650 comes now as the sv650sf which includes all the fairings. I think both bikes come with abs options as well. The 2008 sv650sf basically looks like my 2007 sv650s after i added the lower fairings. Both of these bikes sport a wide powerband, linear throttle power delivery, and are quite nimble as well as sporty looking.
If there’s anything more important than my ego
around, I want it caught and shot now…