You already have the handling down with the R#, I love that bike. The 09 is a completely different category but as rider/enthusiasts we need to adapt as every bike has a certain fun factor. Many dealer have used 09s that you could test ride. Once you get on the controls you'll notice the difference straight away. Though you don't have a lot of experience you have done what I recommend to all who want to ride. Start with something you can throw around, wind up, accelerate/ brake with complete confidence then move on. You will love the 09. BUT ride it first for a while before you consider any mods, I am satisfied with my 15 despite all the throttle, suspension, seat complaints.