Thanks for the warm welcome.
I considered 3 bikes before landing on the Vstrom, the other two being the Kawasaki Versys and BMW F650GS. There are a lot of great used Vstroms available on Craigslist right now in my area and considering how much bike I could get for the same amount of money, the choice was easy. It's better built, more reliable, more versitile, has an entire aftermarket industry around it, and is a fully proven machine. It didn't hurt that my brother has one and loves it. I've been enamored with it since he bought it. The bike looks like a shark on wheels. :coolgleamA:
I have to wait for the title x-fer now before I can license it, so for now she's a garage queen. I can't wait to start riding it. In the mean time, new farkles are on the way: centerstand, forkbrace, mirror extenders, etc. :thumbup: