I love my new bike. It is a 2012 v-strom. I wasn’t sure a 650cc bike would be enough but it is for me. I test drove a 2009 v-strom and found it very top heavy which Suzuki seemed to fix from 2011 models onward.
Before I ended up with the v-strom, I test drove a Triumph Tiger 800 and the BMW 800 and actually, to my surprise, preferred the Suzuki. Tiger and BMW was too much torque for my comfort in low gears and not as comfortable in the saddle. I think of Suzuki as the poor mans “insert-favourite-bike-here”. But it isn’t just that, they are well design and easy to drive. Before the v-strom I had a Boulevard 50c for the same reason, couldn’t afford a Harley but honestly I found all Harley’s hard on the back and more power than I personally are comfortable with. I highly recommend the v-strom 650 for anyone who wishes they could get a Tiger or BMW but can’t afford it. And for someone with my taste in riding, someone who isn’t aggressive or power hungry, you will be happy with this bike AFTER 2011 models.