I had very little off-road experience when i entered the v-strom world a few years ago. With my first strom (650), I started venturing onto dirt/gravel roads that were in fine condition. These were normal roads that you could take any passenger car down. Then I upgraded to the vee2, and I hooked up with another Strommer who basically grew up on dirt bikes. We regularly take our Stroms where they have no business being. The only limiting factor is ground clearance. We've had to unsaddle a few times to lift the bikes over some obstacles - only a few though. Of, course it is necessary to fit with crash bars, barkbusters and a proper skid plate. As I keep saying, my Strom has been dropped more times than soap in the shower. No damage other than scratches on the crash bars and handlebar ends. Well, I did mangle my brake shifter once when it hit a boulder going down some rocky single track.
But to your question of "forest trails and unpaved roads of low to medium difficulty", absolutely no problem for the bike. I've been toying with the idea of trading in for an Africa Twin - but it would be only with the intention of spending more time in the more difficult terrain i.e. rocky jeep trails, single track, mud, sand. For any road that you could reasonably take a Camry down, I would say Vee2 over AT. Jeep trails and worse, advantage goes to the Honda.
Edit: forgot to add, sometimes it's necessary to turn off TC, like when climbing in loose terrain, other times TC can be beneficial. Also, sometimes we turn off ABS.
2014 DL650 (sold)
Last edited by mcrag; 05-19-2017 at 03:32 PM.