"It’s got the best power-to-weight ratio of the bunch."
Once again, no it doesn't
"We’re going to give the win to the amazing Yamaha FJ-09 on the strength of its freshest design and its sporty yet accommodating personality.
I'm sorry they have early onset Alzheimer's and can't remember the review they just did.
"Its suspension delivers the cushiest ride here, but is also firm enough for aggressive backroad riding, and controlled enough to let you use all that torque to best advantage."
"What an engine! Crank the throttle to the stop and hang on."
"Best weather protection of the bunch"
"The Versys’ seat is a winner."
"a flattish handlebar that pulls you a tad more forward...tauter chassis, a thinner seat and less wind protection than the other bikes"
"FJ is the clear winner, for us anyway, because we’re childish that way."
So as you said, the V1K has the most ability to cart people and things. It also does it faster than the FJ. And it does it more comfortably than the FJ. And it's got more fuel capacity. And it gets better mileage. And the warranty is twice as long. And its much purdier. And it comes with an optional matching trunk that uses the same key as the other bags and the ignition. On the Yami you get a key for the bags and a key for the ignition and no trunk that I'm aware of. If you do buy a setup, it will have its own key too.
So the FJ has to be the obvious winner.