you wont be disappointed with the srx, relativly easy to work on considering you have basic tools and knowledge.
I don't care if its a Long travelled or short travelled sled, your still gonna feel the bumps if the trails are Crap, and i like the srx looks better then viper, and THe power is there. The vipers can really be woken up though with a few mods. My srx is all stock, and thats how i plan to keep it, i just to the maintence and shes a rocket outta the crate... Only aftermarket thing i have done to it is ceramic coated pipes. i love it, i don't care if its short travel, long travel would be nice, but i'm still young, i ain't feelin the pain yet, and when i do then its time to long travel.
Next sled i will get will be long travelled, mainly because all the newer sleds are long travelled... the pro action (no action) was the last of its kind.