Does 120 MPH according to GPS.
Range on that small tank 150-160 miles Two-up and full luggage.
Gearshift is heavy.
We do not have British winters so keeping the shine is probably about the same as other similar bikes, gee funny about that.
I have ridden many many other bikes, and own a number of different styles from a dirt bike
through to a duke, a speed triple to the VL1500 and I also love my Z900's, and for what it is the VL handles O.K. and looks the part.
Mine is actually a company vehicle, and as such, is my hack to travel to the many building jobs that my company, performs, and it just does not let me down. In OZ with 25,000 miles they still in 2009 still fetch approximately 9-10 thousand dollars,and considering that mine is a 2002 model that's not to bad.
Your tester is right they are rather bare when new, and buying them second hand is the way to go as mine had the whole catastrophe, OEM extras screen, rack, sissy bar, customised guards, spotlights, twin discs, saddle bags etc. Also suspension can be adjusted to quite a hard setting.
New price was about $15,000.oo