I had a '94 for 35k miles before replacing it with a '98 model.
Love the red/black/silver paint better than my current one.
The '94-'97 was much smoother than the later years, but required lots of muscle to countersteer quickly. The smoothness was its greatest asset. However, they tend to consume tires, chain/sprockets and brakepads very rapidly due to the heavy weight. Chain problem was fixed for '96-'97 with a swingarm redesign. Maintenance was somewhat of a pain due to the many fairing panels and multitude of fasteners, with one advantage that the valve shims can be changed without removing the cams.
The '98+ is a much better bike, with only three drawbacks: transmission was a little suspect prior to 2000, more vibrations from solid mount motor, and carbs ice in cold/humid weather.