Brewsky, welcome to our forum. I am working on making mine a split personality bike. With a quick change windshield and removable seat cowl replaced with a tail bag, I hope to take trips from time to time, but plan on using it as a play bike most of the time. The power is a rush, much like a liter bike, but the handling once firmed up is nothing short of exhilarating.
IMO the 09 is not in the same catagory as a first gen fz1. fz1 feels like it is a couple weight catagories higher.
More fun, faster at any speed under 100mph, more fun, much less comfortable, more fun, a little more than half the range, less mature, more fun.... Did I mention more fun?
My 09 is the replacement for my 1. If this is an only bike and you commute longer miles and do lots of highway The 1 prolly is a better bike. If I lived in WV I wouldn't give a poo poo and do 09 all the way!