I don't have a bike right now, and am shopping. My problem is that I think I've fallen in love with the Triumph Scrambler. However, my practical side tells me that objectively the Suzuki V-Strom (650 or 1000) is both the far better value and a far better bike. All prices are quoted for new bikes OTD (out the door) from ads in the the Los Angeles / Las Vegas Cycle Trader or the Cycle Trader website. Triumph Scrambler 2006 OTD $ 7,999 2007 OTD $ 8,999 Engine: 865 cc Transmission: 5 speed Twin carburettors Dry Weight: 451lbs Fuel capacity: 4.4 gal. Single disk brake in front. Seat height: 32.5in Height: 47.3in Suzuki V-Strom 650 2007 OTD $ 6,299 Engine: 650 cc Transmission: 6 speed EFI Dry Weight: 427 lbs Fuel capacity: 5.8 gal. Dual disk disk brake in front. Seat height: 32.3 in Height: 54.7 in Suzuki V-Strom 1000 2006 OTD $ 7,899 2007 OTD $ 7,999 Engine: 1000 cc Transmission: 6 speed EFI Dry Weight: 462 lbs. (CA. model) Fuel capacity: 5.8 gal. Dual disk disk brake in front. Seat height: 33.1 in. Height: 54.9 in Other than the Scrambler being (to my eyes) the far more beautiful bike, am I missing something? Would a passenger be more comfortable on the Scrambler? Does the fact that the height of a Scrambler is 7 in. less than that of the V-Strom make it appreciably easier to handle? (I'm 6'3" and 210 lbs.) Reading the above, I feel almost compelled to get a V-Strom. (I don't want to be a hoser who buys an over-priced, inferior bike soley because of its looks. Um, do I? :huh) Also, is it true that Suzuki is dropping the V-Strom for 2008? If so, what would the mean re: parts availability, service, etc.? Also, I posted the following questions on the separate Scrambler thread and have received one helpful reply in PM, but guess it would do no harm to repost them here: I was looking for racks for both sides of a Scrambler. Can you tell me who makes these racks, and where you got them? I wouldn't want bags over the pipes all of the time, most of the time, or even very often. I just think it would be nice to have the capability for a long trip. So I guess the next questions are: 1) Are the racks somewhat "quick release?" I don't mind a bit of wrenching. I'd just hate to have to remove, say, the exhaust system in order to remove the racks. :) 2) Can you remove the rack on the right, pipe side, while retaining the rack on the left side? If I'm not going on a long trip, I'd like to see the pipes without the rack or the bag on the right side. 3) If you can remove the rack on the right, pipe side, while retaining the rack on the left side, can you do it "quick release?" Not, of course, that I have a Scambler yet. I don't have a bike right now , and am in the process of shopping. I have to say I've fallen in love with the Scrambler, but the luggage is issue is one of my concerns.