I am currently selling my 9R (hopefully going at the weekend). When I get another bike I reckon I will get a Fazer thou, somehting a bit more sensible.
There was an interesting aticle in Bike magazine this month about how 2005 was the best year for bike engines, as they have been affected by emissions regs since then. The 2005 GSX-R1000 is ridiculous, so increadibly torquey
The quest for class leading peak power has caused an increase in peakiness.
The 2004-5 ZX10 is an utter animal, it just feels so harsh and raw (but in a good way). The blade was increadibly smooth and civilised (and probably faster, just didn't feel it). Gixxer thou was somewhere inbetween. Haven't ridden any R1's newer than 2000 so can't comment.
I have had a few V-twins in the past and agree that the SV1000, firestorm, Falco are cracking roadbikes. They usually need the suspension sorting though, once done they were a quicker road tool than the CBR600 (2002, its a while since I had mine :))
Ride as many as you can, and have fun Have a pop on the 09 R1 the crossplane crank should make it feel a bit more "vee-fourish" I thing it will be the puppies danglies. There are no bad bikes anymore