I agree with what Xceler8x said, for the most part.
I have a '97 TL-S, which was the first year, and the one with the widowmaker reputation. There are some first-year teething issues, and a few ongoing abnormalities, but POs have likely sorted them. After '97s, the ECU neutered throttle response in low gears to mitigate some of the problems that pitched off the Brit journalist and gave it its reputation, which may be desirable or not, depending on your point of view.
If this is a first bike, I would recommend against a TL. They're mean, and a little idiosyncratic. It will try to catch you being lazy, and won't suffer fools in the saddle.
But, the power is addictive, and it will reward your respect.
They're getting cheap, which, again, is both good and bad. Cheap literbikes fall into the hands of squids, which means they'll be abused and neglected. 'Full bodywork' in a liter size means pretty high insurance rates, too.
Honestly, you don't need anything more than a PC'd/piped SV650 for the street. You may want more, though.