So I couldn't resist not trying a different kind of motorcycle. I'd spent months looking for the "right" bike. In the end, I test rode a BMW F700GS (ssshhh!), Triumph Tiger 800, Kawasaki KLR 650 and Suzuki Vstrom 650 ABS. In the end, I found Vstrom to be a clear winner. Triumph is too top heavy (from what I could tell riding it around Dandenongs). BMW was okay but meh, the parallel twin engine was rather lazy. KLR well its Kawasaki but it struggles on the freeway stock standard. Lots of farkles need to be done to a KLR to make it a touring machine. Its more capable off road than it is on road. I test rode a strom and it immediately hit home everything I wanted. Dual sport capability, long distance touring comfort, luggage options, Japanese reliability and last of all steering geometry! The Strom is deceivingly easy to steer. It feels a lot lighter than it is. Not the best looking bike out there, but it ticks a lot of boxes for me. And finally last week, I found a near new bike that someone was keen to sell and quickly. For the money I paid, this bike was an absolute bargain! I had the money and so I pulled the trigger. Here is my 2012 Suzuki VStrom 650 ABS. Bought at 6700 kms.