Place is hideous, dont know how you could stand to live near such a horrible place. You must contemplate moving often!
Back in 2014 I bought a Versys 650 (Kawasaki's version of the Strom) as an "In between bike". My Buell Uly that I loved, was giving me trust issues, even though it never once failed me.
SO they had a 2014 modle on the cheap and I Was also looking at vstroms. I say this because I was really concerned that the 650 twin wouldnt have enough power to keep me happy. I think the Versys and Strom 650 were pretty even back then, Upper 60's if I believe. I have to say I really enjoyed that bike. I even took it on some of the rooted trails behind my house with its street oriented tires and it dod really well. I believe the Strom to be the better Bike for Gravel and occasional dirt exploration especially with some TKC's or similar tires. I feel the Strom had more plush suspension as the VErsys was like a road wagon even with the shock softened as much as possible on the rear it still would bounce you off the seat on any kind of pavement abnormality. I had kinda thought about getting a strom. I really like the New Stroms the 1050.. They took their styling cue off the old DR BIG!
I have a DR 650 also and do a fair amount of dual sporting with my son on his , but its not as enjoyable as the FJR to ride for 6 hours down the interstate to get to the meetup spot so a Strom would be better I think.
Ha,ha yes Ron I am getting tired of all this "clean nature thing" and seriously considering to move to some "urban polluted industrial suburb"
I was also looking at Versys but this Strom650 came for sale and I grabbed it within 12hrs since posted on Kijiji, didn't even test ride it, the seller had only one phone call - me.
In the last 10yrs I had Wing1600, Honda 1100XX, FJR1300 blue, 1400Concurse, Wing1800 and (current)FJR1300 silver....so all powerhouses and I never thought I will get something in 650, but glad I did. I was (and still am after about a month of ownership) pleasantly surprised and impressed in the way this Suzuki VStrom 650XA;
-pulls in any gear
-road handling at speed 120kph and up is excellent even with those TKC80 knobbies
-ergonomics are good for my 5' 11" (I will still get 1" pullback risers for standing up)
-bike is very steady on road and on packed gravel roads
-OE windscreen does a great job despite the small size (I got a bit excited about getting my first farkle and picked up a Givi Airflow that I installed on the lowest screw holes and on the lowest slider setting, and honestly in retrospect I even didn't need it, but oh well it looks better
-suspension soaks up all the bumps and the bike doesn't even rattle when crossing Texas gates or rumble strips, it provides a very comparable and plush ride as my FJR1300ES (on soft)
-suspension is also very good off road for me (185lbs) and is predictable, of course this bike cannot compete with dirt bikes (needs another 3-4" of ground clearance) but for some moderate off-roading is just fine (to me)
-wind and weather protection is excellent, just a bit of wind over my arms
-fuel range is impressive with (Vstrom computer) estimated range of about 524km
-it has Traction control, ABS, Anti-stall or auto rpm increase at take off, heated grips
-brakes are a little mushy but you get used to it, and it's great on gravel, because they don't bite hard
-so (for the price) this 650 has great things going, and with some upgrades (suspension, steering dampener, seat, bigger and lower pegs, bar risers and maybe hydraulic clutch or quick-shifter) it will become even more capable bike.
As you can see by the bikes I owned, I am pretty spoiled and this 650XA managed to impress me in many ways, so if you are on the fence, go for a test ride I think you'll like it very much.
They say; "it's more fun to ride slow bike fast, than it's to ride fast bike slow"