I had an fz1 also an 07, it was a great bike. But the 09 I'm is much better, lighter for one better front end. And easier to handle, I had 09 r1 after that bike, so I can't really remember the power comparison, I just know I miss my 09 r1. I had a Graves.3/4 on it and it was the meanest sound bike. You will be thrilled with the fz, even with its down falls suspension and throttle, I'm 190 lbs, I have the rear shock tighten up as much as possible, and feel pretty good about it. I will be doing front end first. Congrats.