I did find a new 2011 classic at a dealer nearby. I'm going to get in there this week and give it a ride. I assume it's the same as the 2012?
Hey jbd, I agree with everybody, you need to go out and try it yourself, I like the F too, I have some friends that go all over the place with theirs and love it, I went to the dealer to test an F800 because I love the way it looked and thought about riding on the city with that bike was a great idea because of the height. Don't need to tell you what happened right?
I love my R1200R, ride in NYC which is as stop and go as you can get, don't have a car so I use it to go grocery shopping, do yourself a favor and buy the saddle bags right away.
There are no changes from 2011 to 2012, the only thing is that the Classic is not as good overall as the Matte gray
Another great option for stop and go is the new Honda NC700X, it has the gas tank under the seat so you can storage a full face helmet where the gas tank supposed to go that's cool, you can get a new one for 7k but they also have a package for 9k that includes ABS combined brakes, just like the R and a DUAL CLUTCH AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION that you can make manual at any time, stop and go traffic makes your left hand extremely tired.
This bike looks pretty similar to the F but you can get it for less $ and they have a great saddlebag and top case available.
If I was on your shoes, I'll buy the R1200R and my second option would be this Honda thing.