I'm leaning toward the v1. Currently ride a ZRX and is a blast, but looking for something that will be more touring friendly.
I had one of them too. It's engine and build for serviceability played into my decision. The only things going against it as a tourer are minimal wind protection and lack of cruise control. Both are simple fixes. Seems the aftermarket has a pretty decent selection of those kinds of things for the previous generation of the bike.
The biggest concern to me is its height. I rode dirt bikes as a youngun, and even the sport tourers and standards I've had since were all too tall for me to flat foot, so that isn't a big issue. If it's too tall for me to securely get the bike off the stand with a passenger and luggage, I'll need to make other provisions. Looks like the aftermarket has a lowering link for the rear of the previous generation. I haven't read anything about the rear suspension being changed on the new one, so I assume I can remedy that easily enough.
There is a video of someone installing a lowering kit on the 650 on Youtube. They don't even bother changing the springs or spacers in the forks. The just drop the triple trees down the forks, cut an inch off the kickstand, and screw on a new foot on the kickstand.
The only real complaint I've read/heard about with the previous gen was that the fork was a little vague diving hard into corners. It appears that the fork configuration and settings were altered for the new one.
The one item I haven't seen for the previous gen that I'd like are highway pegs. They have them for the 650, but I couldn't find any for the 1k. I have them on my FJR and love the ability to move my legs about. Guess I have restless leg syndrome