Hi. I'm a 55 year old Harley rider that got hit 3 times on my 2006 35th anniversary dyna. 1st time broke a turn signal 2nd time dislocated left ankle 3rd time broke my left leg (at the ankle). I was planning on replacing the bike before the last accident. Oh, all accidents occurred while lane sharing. Yes, I live in Northern California, American Canyon to be specific. So I was looking for a new bike, after much research and my previous experience with Suzuki(82 gs750e, 86 samari jx, 00 drz400e and the wife's 12 s40. All great products) I decided I needed a 2016 v-strom adventure. With slightly more power to weight ratio than a gs1200 and 150 lbs less and cheaper too! It was a no brainer. I bought the bike 3 days ago and today it's raining harder than it has in a decade but I expected that lol. So far I've put 49 miles on it and I love it. I took it down some rough pavement and it was as smooth as the drz. I can't wait until it's broken in and I can go past 4000 rpm's. while the mirrors seem narrow to most, they are perfect for me. While it would be nice to have them farther out on the open rode, they're positioned perfect for lane sharing. I ordered a givi 55l trunk with light kit and I will be getting a center stand soon. So far I have found this bike to be of superior build quality and I'm sure it will bring me joy for years to come.