I thought this might help anyone shopping for an ADV type bike who might have owned/still owns a late model V-strom. I went shopping for a new bike this year and really wanted something different from my last Strom. I loved the bike, but I've owned 11 Japanese motorcycles and just wanted something "higher quality" with more power, capability, yet similar mpg. What I quickly found out was that most anything else in the category was $3K-$5K more and often built for a much larger rider. I'm 5'6 145 lbs and find my new 2017 650XT to fit just right and have a ton of power up to the legal limit. If you're "heavy" then buy a different bike, but don't say it's under powered....it's just not built for your frame. I've taken it off-road on steep hills with gravel, corrugations, and potholes without issue and split lanes daily so I'm not quite sure why people think it can't perform as well as other ADV bikes 99% of the time. Bikes I considered in this category & my thoughts:
2017 Triumph Tiger 800 XcX - Shop wanted about $13.5 plus tax/etc. ($14.5 OTD). I test rode 3 separate Tiger 800s and each of them had a high pitched whine so annoying I wanted to stuff my ears with cotton. I really really wanted to like this bike, but wth!? They need to fix this. I'm not talking about that "whirl" badass sound, this was nails on the chalkboard high pitched shrill. Bike had some great top end power and better bite on the brakes, but ultimately didn't feel much different than the 17 Strom XT (other than being taller) and couldn't justify the cost difference.
2017 BMW F800GS - Dealer wanted $13K plus tax/etc. (base model only, adv + $2k). Didn't get a chance to ride, but sat too tall anyway. Looks badass but even base model OTD is about $14K
2017 Triumph Scrambler - Shop wanted about $10.5 plus tax/etc ($12K OTD). The test ride: Felt under-powered, buzzy, and "wobbly". I just didn't care for the parallel twin's character...though I do think it looks bad-ass in green. Not quite in the same category I know.
2017 Honda Africa Twin - A bit too tall and just didn't care for the graphics. Could have worked out to $13K OTD, but after my parallel twin experience with the Triumph was concerned I wouldn't like any parallel twin engine and due to popularity was unable to test ride one.
2017 KTM Adventure - $17K OTD though this is in a different league I suppose made for tall riders doing most dirt ja?
2017 Vstrom 1000 XT - $13K OTD - Test ride - Felt a bit too big to me and personally I hated the hydraulic clutch; also less ground clearance. Better bet for "heavy" riders though.
Also considered the Duc Multistrada (not enough ground clearance) and Duc Scrambler Eunduro (muffler too low) but both seemed overpriced to me.
Personal opinions of course again based on my size/weight and owning about a dozen bikes over the years. Enjoy what you've got or go test ride a '17/'18 strom...still the best bang/buck imo....the grass is not always greener