I am planning to travel Canada and the USA this summer and was thinking to get a Vstrom 1000 for it. I will be riding over 90% on road with some fire road/timber roads. I figured that the Vstrom would be a good choice because of the ABS, TC, and ICU to keep me from going down after long days of riding (or bad weather or just mistakes...) and also from what I can tell this is a good bike for long distances as well as going into the twisties. My biggest question is the normal Vstrom vs the XT (spoked rims) since I will be mainly on road I get the feeling that I would be better with cast rims and not spoked (truing and the like as well as less rigidity). On a side note I am coming from a CB1000RA and have been riding for 6 years. Also if people can comment on how this bike is for riding more aggressive on stuff like the tail of the dragon or mulholland highway as I plan to do both along with a lot of other very twisty roads. Any input would be greatly appreciated . Thank you all in advance for the help.