I wanted to just start a comparo between the two bikes and get peoples opinions on them. Which they liked more and why. The whole strength and weakness thing.
To start it off Ill say that I grew up racing motocross then got hurt to many times and decided to move to sportbikes. I've been riding sportbikes for about 4 1/2 years now and done the canyon's and some track days, im a intermediate.
Saying that I've had a chance to ride both bikes. My personal opinion is I love the 09 750. I think the bike preforms just perfect. As a 750 goes I wish it had more bottom end and low mid-range (3000-6000rpm). The balance of the bike is great the brakes grab well and is very agile, very close to the gsxr 600 i owned for 4 yrs. Its not as beefy as the CBR1000rr i had but has plenty of punch, well more than a 600, but it handles so much better than the honda.
Now the 2011 is a awesome bike as well it does everything the 09 does but there are some drawbacks in my opinion right now. First I know everyone is going to say factory Brembo's, but you know what there not the good Brembo's, the tokico brakes are just as good
. I feel this is just the brand name game. Second the claimed dropped weight of 20lbs was exaggerated, I have a a scale to put bikes on and the difference was only 9 8/10lbs (10lbs). So there goes the 2 biggest claimed improvements. Now the engine feels just as strong as previous models and slightly more responsive and the chassis feels very agile as well. The preformance is a hair above a 2009 but not by much and most riders wont be able to tell.
The 2 biggest points to me on why I vote for the 09 is first the 2011 is a ugly bike i feel. The navy blue frame and a fairing that would make me wanna ride it as a naked bike just makes me think of birth control for bike designers. The bike just looks unfinished especially when compared to 2011 600. second is the nearly $1000 up in sticker price. Bottom line I bought the 09 brand new when i could have gotten a 2011 at cost.