I just picked up a new yellow 03 last Monday from Bloomington Power Sports(Central/Southern Indiana). I have been reading/researching V-Stroms since they were introduced and have been following this web site most of the winter. I came off of a 99 ZRX 1100 that I just couldn't modify enough(comfort wise)to make it a bike worth keeping. I have been riding on and off for about 28 years. I have owned 5 bikes, 82 CB750C, 82 Yamaha Vision, 99 750 ACE, 99 ZRX 1100, and finally the dream bike DL1000. I have only been able to put 25 miles on the bike so far but can already tell that it is going to be everything I hoped it would. I have a CeeBaileys shield on order(thanks to info from this site) and will be looking for bags soon. Thanks for all of the great information and I look forward to much more in the future. I think I'll be keeping this bike for awhile.