Fantastic article! Interestingly, before buying my '12 Glee, I was looking at the following bikes:
-Yamaha Super Tenere
The Versys & the NC700X are full-on street bikes (they feature 17-inch wheels fore and aft, and have shorter-travel suspensions like most other full-on street bikes). Both bikes have received Motorcycling's BOTY awards, but I have always found the Versys to be unattractive...the Honda REALLY interested me!)
The Super Tenere is a full-on, big-bore, pound-the-miles, go-anywhere adventure bike in the BMW R1200GS mold. I was intrigued by this bike too, but worried about parts availability & farkle parts ability because of its newness. It also weighs about 100lbs more than the Glee! It does sport some pretty cool features though: traction control, switchable ABS, etc. I decided to pass on the Tenere because of it's heft.
The BMW F650GS and the DL650 V-Strom are the most similar in their design and intended use...both feature identical wheel/tire sizes, both have remarkably similar suspension travel, both weigh about the same and have similar power output.
Here's what MADE the decision for me:
-Financially, I could not justify the added expense of the BMW (its initial cost, cost of aftermarket parts, cost of BMW-supplied parts, and labor costs at BMW dealerships vs. Suzuki dealerships).
-The other issue that gave me concern (having owned 3 BMWs in recent years) was knowing that there were some nagging electronic issues with many of their bikes.
-Finally, the V-Strom has such an incredibly loyal following worldwide. People LOVE these things!! Honestly, my mind was made up before I ever rode one; it was the bike for me.
BUT, for some very strange reason, I still like the "uniqueness" of the Honda...