When I bought my 2011 last March, I also had the option of buying a brand new 2009 still on the showroom floor. After doing a bunch of research and reading many posts, I opted for the 2011 due to the ABS (great feature BTW) and the new tranny. While I can't compare to the 2009, I have been very happy with my 2011 in all aspects. No complaints whatsoever. I am a believer in going with the newest technology and features I can afford. Hence why I did the 2011. Just my opinion.
2014 Victory XC - Suede Silver w/Flames
2013 BMW R1200RT - Crashed & Totaled
2011 Vision Tour - Sold
2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 900LT Classic - Traded In
1987 Kawasaki ZL1000 Eliminator - Sold