I think the basics are all there as has been said......
I looked at the Vstrom, BMW GS, Duc Multistrada, Varadero, Stelvio.
Since I was after a litre bike or bigger I didn't consider the KLR or Tenerife, and one look at the seating on the KTM's, both 990 and 690 put me off them straight away.
Varadero $19000aus ABS option
Of all of them, the only one I really liked over the Vstrom was the Stelvio, and yeah one day one might occupy the spot where the V is parked, but the 10k difference in price represents a whole lot of touring, though that big italian is so nice.........
Suzuki has done a great job putting together a good all round bike, with plenty of scope for addon's to suit each owner's needs and desires.
The only thing which I thought the V could have done with is a bigger tank, just say 4 litres more, to take it out to 26L for an outstanding range, which for me would be perfect, and looking at the bike it could be easily done with the spacing up front behind the cowlings.
Yeah I guess it could do with some other mods, but then the higher pricing would be reflected in that, and at the moment, here in Aus, you can't really buy too many big adventure style bikes for under 14kaus on the road, so to me it represented the best value for my dollar.