The V-Strom is a street bike, not an ADV machine. Don't be fooled by the off-road styling elements. Yes, they're taken off the tarmac by riders with varying degrees of competency. I've seen the damage to oil coolers, those low header pipes, cast wheels, etc. when reality intrudes and the talent (such as it is) runs dry. Raising all that weight after the bike goes horizontal can be a treat to watch, too. A guy with chops can make the bike work, but it will be work. So many better and lighter choices are available. Former DL1000 owner here. Happy as pie with my [proper] dual sport, and my latest sport-tourer. Used within their design briefs, they are well-nigh perfect.