If you check the dimensions of the Vstrom, it seems to be a BIG bike and would probably scare some potential customers away.
Certainly, the side view makes it appear bigger than my brother's FJR. However viewed from the front and rear, the Vstrom looks small. It rides like a small nimble bike as well and the narrow width really makes it fun on tight corners. Once the motor hits 4000 rpm it smooths out and the secondaries in the FI system open up like an old style 4 bbl carb - lots of fun.
A big surprise is how fast and stable the FJR is even on the bumpy curves on the Silver Star Mountain Road in Vernon. The wide bars provide great positioning and good leverage and the motor is so torquey and smooth that you can get real grunt as low as 2500 rpm.
These bikes are more than sporty enough for us middle aged riders who want a bit of comfort .