Cool! Thanks for the very useful advice, guys! (Fortunately, I'm taking the safety school, where I assume that people will ride at a moderate pace.)
As for the suspension, I'm clueless about it (still trying to understand the sportrider article). I may ask a friend to help me set it up in the near future. For now, I kind of like it the way it is (mostly because with only 2k miles riding experience, I'm still experimenting and looking for my riding style). Coming from an EX500, I thought the 6R was veeery stiff. But now, I've gotten used to it, and on bumpy parts, I just rise off the seat a bit and use my legs as shock absorbers.