I have a 2002 Honda Shadow 600 Deluxe that I bought used last year with 15K miles on it. I've owned it just over a year and have put over 20,000 miles on it (Yes Odometer is 36K+) all on back roads and city streets. Its my first bike, I got my MC endorsement last October.
My Shadow and I have been through it all and its been a blast! She's treated me well, I've done most of the maintenance on it myself. If I'm trying to put something together and it requires force, she's usually telling me I'm doing it wrong. I used her so often, my car wouldn't start and sat on the curb for 10 months.
Maintenance: I'm on my 2nd replacement chain (Just replaced sprokets), 2 sets of tires, fork seal was cracked and leaking so replaced both sets of seals, new clutch, replaced engine bar, new turn signal relay.
She's a little fussy starting when its real cold out (Yes I ride when its 30)
We've been through a lot together and I would highly recommend her to anyone just starting. I'm looking to upgrade to a larger bike for some cross country sight-seeing but might just keep her around because she is so fun to ride.
Engine guard, New Mirrors, Light Bar, Louder Horn, Brighter Headlight, Sissy Bar and of course a Gremlin Bell!