I've been riding motorcycles since I was 15 years old. I'm 30 now and I think my sportbike days are behind me. I just don't have the need for speed I use to have. Most of my riding consists of 25 mile (one way) back and forth to work. I really have to fight the 2009 zx6r I currently own to keep from pain in my wrists and I have no room for luggage and very little wind protection. The benefits though are ample power, light and very flickable, and it looks absolutely gorgeous. The vstrom seems like the perfect bike for me. I'm just a little concerned with the power they have which has me leaning towards the 1000. Also curious as to how these bikes perform on the dirt, how many miles on a set of tires, how much are tires, fuel mileage, fuel capacity, are they chain driven, any known problems, and any other thing you'd like to let me know? Thanks in advance.