Purchased my first V-Strom last week... It was a good move I do believe. I have owned 30 plus motorcycles and very impressed with the bike off the floor. It sure handles well and the suspension is impressive for stock. I like everything about it with the exception of the seat. 800 miles so far, gets better by the mile. 2nd tank of fuel with non-ethanol was 62.2 MPG... That's just hard to believe but true and with 87 octane.