I think you are "leaning" in a good direction. Review, after review, comparison test after comparison test, always speak of how well the Vstrom compares against their pricier competition. Just make sure you know that for the price of a Strom, you don't get a BMW. And you get a chain, not the shaft of a Super Tenere, for example.
And there is nothing "iffy" about these engines. If there were we would not have a member who racked up 400k miles (not kilometers) on a 1st Gen DL1000 with never an engine tear down.
For you I would pose a question, not an answer. Are you a handy bike mechanic. If you are, then the scarcity of Suzuki in your area shouldn't stop you. But if you are not, or would prefer not to be, then if I were you I would strongly consider doing business with the motorcycle dealer you know and trust. Nothing wrong with the Tenere, for example. A very well thought of bike around here. Just pricier.
Good luck, tell us how you do!
2018 1000XT, black. The Night's Watch. Givi bars, Givi rear wheel mud guard, Givi radiator screen. Givi topcase Monokey. Puig screen, Freeway Blaster horn, Speedohealer. SW Motech R. brake reservoir guard. Tuono mirrors.
2006 DL1000, The Red Rhino. Gone for good.