"In the past, the V-Strom 1000 has been perceived as a pavement motorcycle with some adventure styling, but the bike is capable of adventure-style touring," says Avery Innis, Senior Product Marketing Specialist at Suzuki. Curious, then, our test bikes were fitted with street-leaning Bridgestones, and fewer than three miles of our test ride loop around Big Bear Lake placing the rubber off the road. We sampled the new 1000 and its little brother, the 650, back to back. The two compare in very expected ways. The big bike is taller, wider, and more powerful to the degree that one would expect. More fun on the road, and scarier off it. With the offered Bridgestone BW-501 radials fitted, a stretch of deep sand on a smooth fire road can dip the adventure meter needle into the red, even when free of the additional weight of everything you'd take with you on your off-road odyssey. On pavement, though, the V-Strom 1000 is a delight. Comfortable and agile, with torque and power to spare. Riding position is ideal for my 6-foot-2 frame, and I'd expect 500-mile days to be nearly effortless. The re-designed height-adjustable windscreen does a fine job of slicing through the air with very minimal buffeting.