No reserve on the '03 (warning light only). I get around 110-130 miles per tank on my '03. Your definition and requirements for "comfort" and mine may be two totally different ideas. I find the '03 every bit as long-trip-rideable as my '98 which had the same ergos as an '02. I am not sore after a three hour tour at all, and I recall times where I really stiffened up on my '98. There's a more forward bias to the riding position on the '03, but it's stretched out as much as the '02. The pegs are higher on the '03, and more rearset. It's a different riding position, for sure, but I am starting to tire of people who sit on the '03 in a showroom and say that it's not good for long distance rides. Once you get used to the more aggressive stance, the '03 is surprisingly easy to take on long trips. I wouldn't go back, but then, everybody is different.