I have the 500 as well. I love it!It seems I'm in the minority here, as I have the 500 not 750 but I prefer small CC bikes for the most part.
I'm in NC and don't anticipate doing to much as this is the first vehicle I've ever bought new and I plan to utilize that warranty since it is my daily driven (and currently only running) vehicle. A few cosmetic mods and slip-on for now and in a couple years I'll go stupid with modifications if these models don't bite the dust like Buell did.
I've got my old Ninja 250 I'll be modifying as I have the extra cash to get my custom fix.