Ok, I've decided to keep the '04 and go ahead and sell the '07. Put 150 miles on it today and fell in love, seems to suit me better than the 2nd Gen somehow.
It's not quite as refined, slightly rougher and a bit more raw. I like that actually, the '07 is so smooth and perfect that it's almost boring at times. I swear the '04 is faster too, accidently brought the front end up today when I redlined it in first and hit second hard. It's a silver bullet on the highway, hard to keep it under 80 and instant power at any speed even without downshifting.
It handles a bit different than the '07, could be tires I suppose or could be some changes in the suspension. The '04 feels a bit heavier in the front end at slower speeds but turns into corners almost on its own, just look through the corner and around it goes like it's on rails. I almost feel more stable and confident on it through the twisties than the 919, at least the high speed curves anyway. It's not as smooth rolling down the highway as the '07 either, a bit more buzz from the engine, damping is a bit harsher, but again I like it, makes me aware I'm on a big fast motorcycle.
Needs a louder exhaust, when you crank it open you don't get that exhaust noise telling you that you're going fast, you just look down and you're in triple digits. I don't want it to be as loud as the 9'er, not that kind of bike, but a bit more rumble would be nice and add to the enjoyment for me.
I did notice some heat from the engine, it was close to 80 degrees today and after running hard at high speed it was a little toasty. I didn't find it unbearable, always wear my riding pants and certainly didn't feel like my legs were sustaining burns like some owners have complained about on the FJR forums.
I also like the smaller stock windshield, my '07 has a larger aftermarket windshield and it provides a ton of protection but also causes more turbulance. I have the stock windshield for it, just have never tried it. I found that with the '04 windshield raised all the way up it nicely pushes the air over my helmet without creating that dead pocket that makes it hard to breath cool air.
I polished out the scratches on the fairing and side bags this evening, bags cleaned up great, will need a small bit of touchup paint on the fairing but looks a ton better. Also removed the FJR1300 decals from the fairing, found them kind of cartoonish and I like the stealth look better. Took off the safety sticker on the gas tank too.
I actually like the metallic silver better than the Black Cherry on the '07, while that metallic burgundy is a gorgeous color I've always been partial to silver and black. Doesn't show dirt and dust nearly as much either, silver is always an easy color to keep clean.
Not nearly as torn about selling the '07 now, somebody will get a beautiful bike in showroom condition, glad I got to experience it and I still get to have a FJR in the garage, a bit older but still with only 2400 miles and half the money.