I bought my first VTR 8 years ago. It was absolutely mint with 15000 on the clock.
On the advice of a friend replaced the camchain tensioners.
The bike had a few minor issues (Rectifier/starter motor) in the 14000 commuting miles that I put on it.
Coming home from a night shift one morning I heard a rattle. At first I thought the noise was coming from the lorry that I was overtaking at the time.
As I slowed for a roundabout it was obvious that the bike had a serious problem. I pulled over as soon as I could, but it was to late. The engine was toast.
The front tensioner had failed with little/no warning, which isn't uncommon.
The second one had run okay through the summer, but on the first icey morning it refused to start until it had very nearly drained the battery.
As I couldn't find the cause I throw my rattle out the pram, and bought a BMW R1100RS which I still own.
That said the VTR is a great bike to ride, and would have another, if I didn't have to rely on it to get to work.