Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Gatton, Queensland, Australia
V-Stroms are touring motorcycles that properly prepared (tyres,tyres,tyres!) and with an experienced rider can venture off-road. I have been to a thousand places on dirt bikes that I would not have been able to ride (and nor would I have even attempted) on an adventure bike.
They are simply too heavy, too vulnerable, too wide, and have limited ground clearance to go places where a dirt bike can get you.
I am not knocking them - just realising that they have their limitations. Formed 4WD tracks, forestry roads, and easy single track are realistically within their capabilities, but steep damp downhills, for example, are out. Likewise, rocky terrain with step ups and drop offs that a dirt bike can easily tackle and conquer.
2010 Weestrom; 2017 Kawasaki Versys-X300; 1988 Suzuki GSXR1100