Popularity of V-Strom in Midwest?
I'm looking to get back into motorcycling after a bikeless stretch of about 17 years. Research, discussion, and consideration of my needs (commuting, short touring) have led me to a V-Strom 650 with ABS. Truth be told, I already have most of the farkles picked out! However, I will be waiting until next year to make a purchase.
What I'm curious about is the level of demand for V-Stroms in the Midwest. I've seen posts mention that availability is scarce in some regions of the country and plentiful in others.
I'm located in Fishers, IN and work on the east side of Indianapolis. While I'd prefer to buy from a dealer in the area, I realize that getting an ABS bike may be difficult so I'd be willing to travel up to probably 200 miles to get one. I'm willing to be patient and while I don't want to get hosed, rock-bottom pricing is not my primary concern.
Depending on the level of demand, are there any strategies I should pursue such as putting a deposit down at a dealer somewhere 3-6 months out? Or should I just forget about everything (as if that were possible) until I am absolutely ready to purchase? Based on things I've read, it seems like dealers may never really know if or when they have new V-Stroms coming in.
Also, if anyone is familiar with the central Indiana market, are there any recommended dealers or others to avoid?
Thanks for any advice you can provide.