I am currently on a 99 VFR800
Did we say the magic words... VFR800?!?!?!
You don't mention your size either. I know some people find the smaller standards like the SV650 or NT650 Hawk a wee bit on the tiny side...
Sit on the bike... fit is an important thing! Your first bike should definitly not feel "big" to you... that is important! Either bike would be a great choice, and the aformentioned SV650, Bandit 600's, Seca II's would be great choices as well. Only problem I have with these bikes are their lack of wind protection. A aftermarket windscreen would be a MUST for everyday commuting for me! Good wind protection really helps keeping you from fatiguing on longer rides too. ANyhoo... let us know what you get. Whatever you do... don't get suckerd into getting a R1 !!! Especially a silver/grey/black one.