The earlier bikes had neat stuff like a lockable seat and alloy wheel rims, whilst the later bikes had Keihin carbs, 6 gears and powder coated barrels and crankcases. My wife has an '03 model, which I think was the last year of production. I'd go for a late model myself, although they're all good! The build quality on these bikes is way beyond the standards of the current Triumph's IMHO. Find a tidy, well looked after example and you won't go far wrong!