I bought an `01 929 in Dec of `01. I put aprox 37,000 miles on it. I gave it to my Son who is serving his Country in the United States Air Force. He still has it. I'll touch on some of the things I remember most.
IMHO, the best engine I have ever experenced. Plenty of torque, fab top end, smooth, quiet. I realize that the new 1000s will put it to shame, but for mere mortals, the 929, on the street was more than any sane person could ever use. It has way more balls than I do. It got about 40 mpg.
I put HeliBars on mine, which helped. But that fat tank and my now 50 year old hips didn't jive. If that bike wouldn't have been as fat as it was, I'd probably have twice the mileage on it. But that's just me, everybody's different. The seat is nice and low by today's standards. Why are bikes getting so tall?
It would roast my right foot on a hot day. HP = heat.
I had Dan Kyle's shop re-do the forks and bought an Ohlins rear shock. That thing rode superbly! Has a real quality feel to it that made everything elce feel cheap by comparison. I had no trouble with the stock seat. But I've never modded a seat on anything. Knee down, no problemo.
Fit and finish, it still looks nearly new. It does look a bit rounded and old school by today's standards. The fairing is big enough to do some good. My `07 CBR 600RR may as well not have a fairing and windshield for what little it does.
I have an Erion can and PowerCommander on it. Sounds great and runs even better.
The only 2 things that ever went wrong were tha little $8 clutch switch, and the $225 servo motor on the HTEV got a small stone jammed in it and stripped the tiny plastic gears. Oh, it tossed a chain once. Easy to work on.
That bike wasn't in it's element until you were going 80mph. Not really a good thing. But it was/is a great bike. But I'm a lot happier with my Super Duke.