Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: The People's Republic of Massachusetts
This is just my opinion. You just got the endorsement. Get the lighter motorcycle with less power to start. If you want more you can get more. You might find you don't even want more. But getting something bigger with more power could be a recipe for disaster. The 500 is pretty good as a beginner bike and actually not that easy to outgrow.
The 500F is my first bike. I've had it for a year. I don't think I'll ever sell it. The bike I want for my second is a Yamaha SR400. That's 100cc less than the 500. I had a lot of free advice when I got my 500f, "you'll just outgrow it in a year. You'll get blown around too much on the highway. It's got no sack. No, man, it's actually dangerous to have a small bike." etc.. etc... etc... It was all well intentioned but wrong.
Fact is, a 600cc machine is too much for me and I've been riding for a year. That's a whole year, too, summer 2015 to summer 2016 through autumn, winter and spring. I ride almost every day unless there's a snowstorm or if it's over 95F. A 600cc machine is still too much for me. The real key to performance riding is improving rider skill, anyway. The machine matters less than the person riding it.
I'm gonna hit the highway like a battering ram
On a silver black phantom bike