Both my father and I are vstrom owners and have done several long-ish type trips on them. I definitely love my strom but it's a bit heavy when it comes to the off-road type of stuff. We are planning to do several of the back country discovery routes in CO/NM/UT this September and after some long debate and several trips to the the dealership we decided to purchase new motorcycles. Not getting rid of the stroms by any means. He bought the Yamaha WR250R and I bought the Honda CRF250L. I looked closely at the rally and decided that the "extra" it came with was not necessarily the highest quality and not worth the money. So I added my own windshield, skid plate, lowering links, bar risers, and swapped out the seat and put LED lights on it to reduce my power draw in order to facilitate my heated gear connection. So far I've been very impressed with it. Rides ok on long trips. We took it for four days through PA and they did quite well. Been on some single track and it seems to hold up nicely. I plan on lowering the gearing slightly because it's just not as much torque as needed on the steep hill climbs in first gear. Even the highway was ok, though you're not ever getting in the speed lane.