I think this test/tester really Nailed the essence of the VEE2 and the "New Suzuki" - as the Value Oriented Brand!! This tester stated in the comments of his review: "If I was going to buy a motorcycle in 2014, this V-Strom 1000ABS would be it."
I've bought my V-Stroms without my own test ride first. The preliminary information, tests and this Stromtrooper Forum tell me all I need to know about my potential V-Strom purchase. V-Stroms are what I have come to own, after I have ridden and owned virtually every other type and style of motorcycle that has existed since 1964. I even tried to stray from the V-Strom fold a few times over the last several years with extended test drives on Honda, Ducati, Triumph, BMW and Harley "competitors"!! I would get back on my V-Strom and revel in the fact that I just saved a bunch of money by not buying what I thought I would like better, but didn't.
Because of that, since 2004, my motorcycle has been a V-Strom:
New 2004 DL650 8-Years of real motorcycling enjoyment.
New 2012 DL650 2-Years of "Wow, this is even better."
2014 DL1000 VEE2 Adventure Deposit in October 2013. I really can't believe that they have made me my perfect motorcycle. It sure looks like Spring/Summer 2014, the new Adventure adventure begins.
BTW, I got to inspect and sit on the VEE2 at the Atlanta IMS. Fits me like a glove, felt lighter and even better balanced than my 2012 DL650.
Thanks Stromtroopers, for your honest comments, information sharing and helpful input, over the years. Even without an actual V-Strom "Test Drive" - I can make an informed purchase decision.