Hello. On an extremely warm winter day in December I loaded my 2019 Africa Twin in the back of my truck, hauled it to my favorite dealer and traded it in for a brand new 2018 v-strom 1000 xt. It will be 4 months before I get to take it for a ride and I will be counting down the days. For a little back ground, my love for motorcycles started with my very first ride on my honda 50z. Some kids have those when they are 4, I think I was 9 but none the less, I was hooked. So over the next few decades I went through as many motorized toys as I could afford, which means not nearly enough. I started on the street on a 1976 kawasaki 400, it cost me $200, it was beat up and ugly but I didn't care. I was 16 and I was ridding. Most 16 year olds bought a car, I bought a motorcycle. I kept trying to have a motorcycle whenever I could but sometimes life just wouldn't allow it. But when life did allow the bikes kept getting better. I was able to own dual purpose, cruiser, sport bikes and ADV bikes. In spring of 2019 I bought a new Africa Twin. At the time I was coming from a KLR, picking up the brand new Africa Twin was like a dream come true. Over the summer I put over 10000km on that bike and I can say lots of great things about that bike but there were several things I was unhappy about. So I am hoping the v-strom is going to be the bike I bond with for a long time. I want a bike that can go comfortably down gravel roads, the odd trail down to a sweet spot on the river but not any extreme off roading. I found that I am at a point in my life were I can do more touring. So I don't want a 21" front tire that makes the bike flick like molasses. I want a bike that rails through the twisties and still gets me away from the crowd once in a while. My africa twin was having problems, so I want a bike with proven reliability rather than a motor that was designed 4 years ago. I want a bike that offers these things without spending 20 to 30 grand. I think my new v-strom is that bike. When the cold, dark days of winter are over, I will find out. For now I wait. Sign up to stromtrooper and talk to some experts on the subject.