Why do you like or what do you like about the VStrom? Are you looking new or used? There are a lot of great used bikes out there f/s.
In general "adventure" bikes handle a lot better than what people think. Wide bar and upright seating make them much more natural to ride. I can ride them faster through TOTD type twisties faster and more confidently than I can on a Sport bike. Even with panniers and gear for a week.
One thing an adventure bike will not be is a 10,000 RPM screaming I-4 sport bike. My BMW R1200GS will keep up with sport bikes until about triple digits then they start waking away from me.
So now back to new verses used. In June I bought a 2007 R1200GS with Ohlins shocks, Touratech Zega panniers extra set of Ohlins shocks, two Bros muffler, 2 skid plates and some other misc stuff with 31,000 miles on the ODO for $5,300.
I sold the extra Ohlins, 1 skid plate, aftermarket muffler and panniers (kept the racks and mounting hardware) bringing the cost of the bike down to $3,800. I did buy a set of Tusk panniers for $254. So in the end with a little leg work I got a great bike for not a whole lot of money. Deals are out there you just need to be ready when they present themselves.