Last night I picked up my 2014 V-Strom 1000. I've been riding for 4 years but the V-Strom has always been my dream bike. I've had cruisers, classics and sport bikes so the adventure class was the next step. In June I went from a harley road king to a triumph bonneville. While I loved the bonne it should be stated I'm 6'5 and 4 bills. I'm not a tiny man. I looked like a bear on a minibike but that bike made me fall back in love with riding. My local dealer had the Strom with 10k on it listed for 8000. My dream bike in a reasonable price range from my local guys was too good to let pass. I road this bike home. A bike I could finally fit on and I couldn't stop smiling. This is the bike I've been looking for. My wife and I are planning a 4000 mile road trip next year for our honeymoon. I'm a food blogger and a barbecue lover so it'll be through the south to get as much knowledge of the food as I can and this bike is absolutely perfect for this. I'm just in awe at how much I am loving this bike. I can't wait to take it for a nice long ride this weekend.