If I may cut to the chase-
-Lose the Suzuki.
-Get on a KTM 690 Enduro R
Yeah, and if you're going to ride the twisties, lose the strom & get an r1.
If your going you're ride the super slab, lose the Strom & get a gold wing.
If your going you're ride on urban commutes, lose the Strom & get a SM.
If your going you're ride [insert terrain type here], lose the Strom.
I find this to be this is a kind of a silly answer. People buy stroms not because they are the best at one thing, but because you can get them to handle a lot of different things.
I got my we to explore the back roads of Oregon, boy was I in for a suprise. The roads in Oregon are made with crushed rocks, about 2" deep. A stock bike is not rideable on this type of surface. Any suggestions out there? Otherwise I might have a perfect 09 for sale. Help.
Deep gravel on a heavy bike can (as can any bike) be very disconcerting. Keep your weight back, speed down, stay loose on the bars and let the front just swim in the general direction that you want to go. Obviously, if you can find harder ground in the channels between the deepest gravel ride there.
The strom can handle deep gravel OKish, it won't be like a KTM 450 exc, but it can be made to do OK. More aggressive tire will help a fair bit, as will a fork brace and a steering stabilizer. If you only want to do deep gravel consider a DR 650 a dr-z 400 (or many other true enduros), both are cheaper than your strom.
If you want a decent paved road carver, that is decently comfortable for super slab, that is a good commuter, that is good on gravel roads, that can handle deep gravel & the occasion 4wd road, stick with the strom.