The V-strom is a very capable bike which I enjoyed owning and riding, but do like to change my bike on fairly regular basis, so I was doing the rounds of the mid sized adventure bikes.
I didn't really expect to to love the 850GSA as much as I did on the test ride, but it did win me over.
The engine is a delight, it doesn't have the absolute performance of its bigger brother but doesn't lack anywhere and the fuelling is faultless form 8 mph to 80
The chassis and handling impress solo or with a pillion onboard , ESA and engine modes really do make difference, and everyone loves that TFT display.
I didn't hurt that is was available on fairly short delivery, as new bike stocks in the UK are pretty patchy at the moment.