I had a speedmaster, essentially a bonnie cruiser. And yes, they are far easier to work on. You can do valve adjustments easily by comparison. With the Tbird it's a major job by comparison. As long as you know what your in for you just have to weigh the good and bad.
Theres nothing but good as far as the ride tho. And if you thought the storm was strong, try it with short tors, free flow filter, filter seal removed and the one custom tune floating around for that setup. It's how i run mine and it's quite a bit stronger than a stock storm. By the way, isn't the SE a 1600?