R6!!!! It's light and looks a lot better! But since it's light, I hear lighter riders can get pushed over to the next lane on the highway by wind gusts by trucks and other vehicles. But yeah, they're both not a beginner's first bike. Get a CBR F4i, which is kinder to n00bs.
I'm planning to get my bike this year too, I've had my M1 license for over a year, just no capital/time to get my bike.
Have fun and GL!
BTW: It's mandatory here in Cali to wear a helmet, something other states should follow. Just my $0.02.