Had my 2003 Sv for 1year and 1/2, and covered around 25000 miles on it.. went to the south of France with it twice, covering 4000 miles each time, only time it stuggled was keeping up the pace on the auto routes. but as soon as you get to the twistys nothing left it. also did a track day on it at silverstone, showed up my uncle on his fireblade but thats another story hehe.. only mods i really had were full fairing, which you need if your going to tour.. brembo hoses. to sharpen the brakes up.. and a new can and man does it rour. best sounding bike i've had.. my only wish was that i didnt need to use it all year round, but i did and it quickly deteriated in winter with all the salt and crap..
anyone starting off riding i highly reccomend,, cheap insurance..cheap to run..and a good looking bike in my eyes also can have ALOT of FUN! trust me