Hi guys, This is my very first post after lurking around here for awhile. I currently own a Vulcan 1600 Classic (my first ever bike, which I've had for four years now). While I like the cruiser thang, I'm starting to feel the pull of trying something else. I'm not a speed freak, so crotch rockets are out, besides I'm pushing 50 and relatively new to motorcycling, so I'm not into the high-speed stuff. I do like riding the rural backroads and my wife and I also like camping/tenting, and as it turns out, this fits in well with these "adventure" types of bikes out there. Anyway, I'll cut to the chase, I've been out looking at what's available out there in motorcycle land and I like the BMW GS(not too sure if I'd want the GSA though) but it's pretty pricey, the V-Strom 650 ABS seems like a super good choice (even though the 1000cc speaks to my vanity, apparently the 650cc wee-strom is the wiser choice), then there's also the Honda Varadero. Around here in Atlantic Canada, the V-Strom 650 ABS sells for just under $10,000 CDN (that's without hardbags or trunk BTW). I've seen at least two Honda dealers in this area with new left-over 2008 Varaderos and they're priced to sell. One dealer is selling theirs for $9,000! That's a grand less then the V-Strom 650 ABS and $4,000 less then a V-Strom 1000cc. I'm kind of surprised that the Varadero is priced this low. I'm not complaining, it's great for somebody who's in the market to buy one. It looks like the Varadero just didn't click with the motorcycle buying public out there. What's up with that?! Is it not a good bike? I mean for a brand new left-over Honda (with their great reputation for building reliable stuff) to be priced a grand under the wee-Strom, seems like a pretty sweet deal. Am I missing something here? I've read numerous reviews on the Varadero and the most common complaint was that they thought that the Varadero was fugly looking. I can't say that it looks any worse then any of the other "adventure" bikes out there that I've seen. I mean, these things are all about being a no-B.S. workhorse and are all pretty much ugly across the board. So, why does the Varadero seem to get picked on more? I really get a feeling that the V-Strom 650 ABS is a sweet choice but wouldn't you jump on a Varadero 1000cc especially if it was priced a grand less? I'm really new to this type of motorcycling, so I'm keen on reading any of your thoughts on this. It might help me chose my next bike!