I have the 2007 "sunburst yellow". Fantastic bike
and very beginner friendly. I've dropped the bike a few times from those 'dummy' moments such as dynamiting the front break in a slow turn
and a few other incidents and the bike takes the beatings like a punching bag. You can dump this bike all you want and it won't hate you for it. It handles great in turns as well, but my chicken strips are still pretty narrow considering..I need to work on that.
The only real problem, which isn't a problem at all, is that around 4500 to 5500 rpm the panels sort of have a harmonic problem..loud as heck, but not a bother for the bike.
I found that I grew out of the bike after my first year from lack of power (of course, I'm trying to keep up with a ZX14, right). There's nothing in the first gear, you can red line the sucker and you're going no faster than 25mph, yuck, I'm so ready for more power
But overall, the best starter sports bike out there, but you might want more power afterwards.
The most I've gone on the bike was a 900 mile trip, and I've found it to be excellent in comfort as well. Here are a few pictures:
Dinky 500 next to the ZX140
Back shot with the cortech saddlebags, so far they work like a charm and fit the bike perfectly:
the 500 next to the 14 and ninja 250 (green)
and one more, to show my love for the 500