.... what I'm asking is based solely on specs at the moment, and that's fine. I've narrowed down my choices for my first dual sport (no need to debate why, I just have ) to one of these 2 and there are some characteristics I see in both that I wanted more veteran riders inputs on. I won't post all the specs, but here are the ones that caught my eye because of personal importance. Any thoughts on my assertions / questions are appreciated! My riding habits will be 65% onroad, 35% offroad, and that 35% will be in the mountains of Colorado 2up with luggage. Dimensions: The Strom is an inch longer, but also 4.5" narrower Question: I thought narrower would be better for maneuverability, others have said that there are issues with 'dirty air' coming around the tank of the ST (even though its wider) causing buffeting issues. Thoughts? Weight: I'm liking the Strom weighing 75 lbs lighter Clearance / Travel: The ST has 1.5" more clearance than the Strom, which is significant Question: I always assumed more clearance was better, some have said length of travel goes hand in hand in the consideration. Some have said that a lower clearance make getting boots on the ground in slow riding conditions better? MPG / Range: The ST advertised is 40mpg / 6 gallon tank / equates to 240 mile range. For the VStrom I see a 20l (5.2 gallon tank, but some sources say mileage of 20.9kpl while others say 59mpg. That would put the range either at either 260 miles or 312 miles Question: Both the VStrom numbers are good, but which is right? Drive: ST is a shaft drive (like my FJR, and I likes the low maintenance / reliability) while the Strom is chain. Question: I'm all about low maintenance, how difficult would a chain be on these types of bikes to maintain vs a shaft drive? HP / Torque: HP for both seem to be more than adequate for my type of riding. The Strom Torque range seems better for lower speeds. Price: I'm seeing estimates on the Strom at 10000GDP which is just shy of 16k, while others are thinking it will be more in the 12k range Question: Any clue which is a more accurate range? Fuel: ST appears to take regualr grade, bezel on the Strom looks like it requires premium Question: Is the Strom really a premium required bike? Why would they do that if so? 12V Accessory Port: Standard on the Strom for electronics plug and play, not seeing it on the ST. Again, thanks for folks thoughts!