V-Strom vs.... not really sure?
6'2", 205, 43 years old. Live in SE MN with lots of great twisties and lots of gravel to explore, but minimal trails or logging roads. I've ridden over 50,000 miles on the roads but mostly between 20-25 years ago. Since then I've been into motocross, had a blast but that's done due to busy kid schedule. Looking to get a street legal bike and I stumbled across a V-Strom on Craigslist which send me down the Strom rabbit hole.
I was originally looking for a DR or XL650, but was amazed at how high the prices are for used ones. Anything in decent condition is $3k plus. Also looked at a few street bikes, found some great deals on bikes I used to drool over (2000 VFR800s for less than $3k!!!!) but wanted something that could manage gravel and possibly some mountain roads and would be comfortable hauling kids to baseball games. Came across a 2012 V-stom 650, set up well, 5k miles, for $4950, and I was shocked at how low that price was. Then I did some research on V-Stroms and figured out that's not that great of a price. I had no idea V-Stroms were so cheap!
Of course then I found out that the 2017s had more power, and started looking for new "left-over" 2017s. Found one (non-adv) for $6436 out the door....and I'm severely tempted. Sometimes the used market doesn't react to how cheap the new prices have gotten. There is a used 2017 (adv) near my on CL with some add-ons for $8200 that is "FIRM" and "PRICED TO SELL"! LOL. I think I'll take a new bike and put that $1800 towards the add-ons I want, not the ones you want.
So I'm not completely sure where on the gravel vs. pavement spectrum I want my bike on, but I figure a V-Strom will do both and if I don't like it I'll at least figure out which way I want to go.
Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated, as would people's opinions on whether or not it's worth the extra $500 for the adventure model. I enjoy researching and installing so I'm leaning away from it, but...if you get $800 worth of goodies for $500 more, then I'd be tempted.