This trip was suppose to be a ride out to Beartooth Pass, AKA US212, and Yellowstone National Park. Unfortunately Beartooth Pass was closed due to land slides earlier in the year, but the Chief Joseph Hwy from Cody to Cooke City was the next best thing and it was incredible. There were a lot of interesting scenic roads with smooth pavement and sweet curves, but like any trip, one needs to ride some straight stuff to get there. This ride covered 4500kms in 6 days. I only ended up camping 2 out of the 5 nights because my back was bothering me from sleeping on a foam pad thus causing some painful ride morning rides. My DL1000 Vstrom performed very well on this ride and Ifound that I could ride it much longer in a day vs my FZ1. The wind protection is very good and I rarely found myself cleaing the bugs off my helmet. Fuel consumption was pretty consistant but I found it suffered on the Interstates at higher speeds even with the 6th gear overdrive. Probably due to the big frontal area and the 100 lbs of gear on the back. Even with the extra weight, the litre strom handled quite well in the twisties like the 77 miles of Lolo Hwy. This was with max preload of course. Overall the Strom is an excellent touring bike in my opinion, even with it's funny looking front end, but you don't ever see that when you are riding it.
Cut to the chase, here are some pics: