I am a former SV1000S owner and a friend of mine owned a VTR1000.
I have tried them both.
The SV is a lot better(suspension,frame,less vibration in the handlebars...)too many to mention.
The SV feels more powerful too,quicker throttle response.
The SV is fuel injected,the VTR i tried was the last carbureted version(1999 edition)
Also you can source a footpeg lowering kit,or adjustable rear sets to get your riding position to your liking.
Try searching the forum for these.
There is the handlebar conversion too.
I found some threads on the forum about these too.
I am no expert in these bikes,others,more experienced probably will reply with some info.
Hope this helps
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