After a couple of years with a Honda, Kawasaki and Moto Guzzi I think I've at at last found the bike for me. Since I want a bike for the road, not the track, I have no interest whatsoever in Sportsbikes or having wrist or back ache, but it would be folly to describe the Weestrom as a pedestrian motorcycle. The V-twin 650cc engine is superb, and much more useable, smooth and flexible than the by comparison clunky and coarse 1000 cc version. The large front wheel and long travel suspension do not in any way make the Vstrom sluggish round corners, once you get used to the response which is stable and planted rather than the quick-flick variety which I don't want anyway. The seat is very comfortable, the bars just the right height, and the road handling is up there with the new BMW GS 650 and 800, but at two thirds the price when you include ABS, Centre Stand, Top Box, Hand Guards and full gauges including full fuel readout (all the above are monstrously expensive accessories on the Beemers but came AS STANDARD on the Vstrom deal I negotiated - BMW wake up....you are beginning to price yourselves out of the market). While not having immense character at first sight the Vstrom grows on you and I have never felt so at ease with a bike in cross winds, on wet roads and over pot-holed tarmac, where for the price the Vstrom is impressively stable, poised and unruffled. The fly in the ointment is the standard screen which is hopelessly turbulent. An after market aerofoil screen solved this, but Suzuki really must be aware of how dire their standard screen is and it is pure laziness not to have addressed it. The other thing to watch is corrosion. The Vstrom is well put together and very solid but can get away from you if you do not religious keep everything clean. Overall, a stunningly good bike, and not just because of its value, but also because it is a proven, reliable, rock solid machine which won't let you down, and you can have a lot of fun round the twisties without pushing things beyond sensible. One final point....excellent economy with 60 mpg very easy to achieve and the best tank range in its class. Recommended.