Mine was one of the first into this country in '00 so we have clocked some good miles & been trouble free bar the factory recall for the clutch & fuel line.
Very comfortable riding position. Some claim the saddle is like a plank, but I like it over a softer or custom made saddles.
Runs cooler then the 954 with its large rad, good handeling, lots of power & the only things not stock on mine are Kevlar front brake lines & Scotts steering head damper.
What can I say for I do not race it, but do ride it hard. Only reason for the 954 is that at 74 yrs of age I do not have to many riding years left so simply bought it in preference to the 1000. The 954 has NOT replaced the 929 as I ride them both & same with the '97 Yamaha YZF600r. They all get equal time & are riden hard.
Remember all the others on the road are crazy & out to kill you.