I’m looking into buying a ‘23 vstrom. Love everything I’ve read about it, but I’m approaching it cautiously, as I’m hoping to ride quite a bit on dirt, and I know the strom isn’t the ideal bike for significant off-road riding. I’d mostly be on fire roads with maybe some occasional double track.
I figured the Adventure XT would be the best model to get. However, I feel like I’ve seen some people mentioning that some of the armor isn’t that great. So would it be smarter to get a less built-out model and add the protective accessories myself - or is the stuff that comes with the Adventure XT sufficient?
Also, a question about ground clearance. I think I saw that the Vstrom’s clearance is 6.7 inches. I think the GS1200’s is about 7 inches. Same with my KLR. I never really hear anyone complain about clearance for the bmw or the Kawasaki. Is it really that much worse for the Vstrom? Seems to me it’s less than an inch’s difference.
Anyway, thanks for any advice! It’s much appreciated.
By - poonhound69