Moose, you're so right, these "problems" are kind of funny things to have to work around on upper-end luxury sportbikes like the C14, but they make the whole thing kind of interesting. Keep in mind that some of it is personal preference. Some guys are still swearing off C14s all together in favor of their old C10s.
I fell in love with The Connie by riding my good friend's '08. He then traded on a '11 and immediately went to modifying the snot out of it. He did a gob of performance upgrades trying to outdo the ZX14 in terms of raw power (he's nuts). When I was looking for my own C14 I didn't care what year I found, but got lucky on a new-old-stock 2010. There was a comparably priced '09 on the floor as well, but my bike was "new" and I liked the warranty et cetera. Well, that and the fact that I'd heard blue was the fastest, most reliable color
This time of year should turn up some good buys either way. Let us know what you find and best of luck in your search.