I've only recently begun riding, and it turns out that my first bike is not really for me. I got my license in November of ‘02, and a Yamaha V-Star 1100 Classic a few months prior to that. I had been interested in riding for quite a while, and decided to take the MSF class just to get a taste for it. As you can all guess, I was hooked. My father got back into riding just as I started and he bought a 2002 BMW R1150 RT. Over the past year and a half I've ridden his bike many times and I have fallen in love with that style of bike. I prefer to sit on the bike with my legs under me. On my bike I sit much lower and my legs are out in front. His bike is too heavy for my tastes, and we have both dropped it twice. The V-Strom looks like the perfect bike for me. I want a commuter and a tourer, it needs to be agile for my trips through DC and comfortable enough for a drive to Jersey to meet up with my dad. I have not yet ridden the V-Strom, but I know of a local dealer who has a demo, and the weather is perfect today.