As an ex-VFR owner, I'd say that VFR is quite heavier (top heavy) than most 600cc SS bikes. The seating position is better but for a newbie to learn slow speed maneuvers on a VFR could be quite a challenge. I myself laid my VFR down a couple of times, at ridiculously slow speeds on turns and slopes (And this was my 4th bike). Maybe its time I hit the gym..Perhaps look at a Honda VFR!!
Great ergonomics, you can tour for hours without a break, good power, not as sensitive as SS's and a good realiable motorcycle overall!!