Have owned this bike for about a week now. Just want to say how much I like the way it handles, and performs. I rode a Triumph Sprint ST for 12 years but, it became a tornado victim when a big red oak tree fell on my garage. The VStrom is looking to be a great choice as I am smiling big since purchasing it. Was able to hit the VStrom gathering at the Iron Horse in Stecoah, NC last Friday 5/13 and it was a good gathering despite the rain on Friday afternoon. Looking forward to learning about & maintaining this fine motorcycle.