Thank You! I don't think that my back would like the VStrom 650 for very long. The riding position of the Burg 650 is much better suited for me.
John,I've had two 650 V-Stroms, a 2007 and 2011 with ABS, both bikes were great and would buy another if I wanted one. Never did anything to each except oil changes. Would not buy the 1000 as the 650 is the bike of choice, better buy, better resale. Being a Dual Sport rider at heart I'm only riding a 650 Burgman as a fun ride, I like it for what it is when I'm not wanting to ride off road. But you asked if you were only going to have one, for me it would be the 650 V-Strom and not because I would ride it off road, I never rode the V-Strom off road other then a hard packed road for short distances, I could do that on a 650 Burgman as well. When it comes to luggage I have all waterproof Wolfman Soft Luggage and I transfer it from bike to bike as needed, I could even put it on the back of the Burgman if I wanted to. My biggest discomfort with scooters is the smaller wheels which will give you a rougher ride and you must pay more attention to road surfaces then you would on a standard bike. For me it's two different rides.
I really appreciate the post. Now I truly wish Suzuki offered a suspension upgrade on the 650 scooter as that would make the ride so much sweeter.