The V-Stroms (there is a 1000cc version available also) are Suzuki's entries
into the burgeoning "adventure bike" category, currently dominated by the
patriarchal BMW GS series. Adventure bikes are mostly designed for
comfortable street touring, but provide just enough dirt capability to handle
gravel roads, forest service roads, and other non-pavement roads with more
aplomb than a pure street bike. The seating position is upright and
comfortable with just enough weather protection to make long all-weather rides
feasible. The perfect bike for doing the Alcan, I bought this bike in
early 2006 and equipped it for a big Alaskan trip planned for that summer.
I ended up having to cancel the trip due to scheduling difficulties, but don't
regret buying the bike at all. It's a shockingly all-around competent bike
that does everything well and does it for a price that makes it the hands-down
best value in motorcycling. For 2007, there is an ABS version to further
extend its versatility. If I only owned one bike, it would be either this
one or a BMW R1200GS.