Just sold my Yamaha YZF 600r that I bought new 9 years ago (20k miles). Just wasn't loving it like it used to (great bike, but what I wanted out of a bike has evolved over time). Bro-in-law was ready for his 2nd bike and seemed like a great time to do him a favor by selling him a great bike that'll suit his needs really well (at the "family" price, of course), and giving me a chance to go with something new (well, something used, but new to me).
Decided that a V-Strom would be the perfect bike for me... going from an inline 4 to a v-twin, from sport bike to something better suited for commuting and short touring, and still getting lots of power in the package. Not really planning on riding much offroad, other than the occasional gravel road.
Actually pick up my 04 DL1000 tomorrow (20k miles and it good shape), and am quite excited about it. Looks like it's been very well maintained, has side and top givi cases and a few other nice bits. Expect it will be much more comfy to ride than my old 600r for longer trips, and loving all the storage I'll have for both an easier commute (here in the rainy NW) and doing some trips.
Already thinking about the mods I'll be making....last owner put a 16 sprocket on the front, and will likely go with the 43 on the back (probably need to get one of those things to adjust the speedo). Need to get some sort of flashing brake lights (had hyperlites on the previous ride, and loved them). Not sure if I'll do another headlight modulator, yet (used the Kisan before - worked great....not a single driver turned left in front of me with that thing installed).
And am sure I'll think of other stuff I "need" to have.
Looking forward to reading more of this forum - it really helped me decide that the V-strom was the way to go for me. Was a bit of a challenge to decide on the Vee versus Wee. Rode both and liked them both for very different reasons. But the first one I found that had all the stuff I wanted in good shape and at a good price happened to be the Vee, so guess I'm a liter bike guy now.
And I've already started the Farkle process...just ordered a fork brace from Richland Rick. Gotta start somewhere!