For those Wee-Strommers looking for a slightly tougher aesthetic and a shade more capability, plus some differentiation from the aforementioned Versys, there’s also an XT model for 2017. The V-Strom 650 XT comes standard with wire-spoked wheels, hand guards, and bar-end weights that are twice as heavy (the idea being to further quell engine vibration). It also comes in a flashy yellow paint scheme, that either hearkens back to the DR-Z 800 “Dr Big” of the early 1990s or just attracts more bees. Maybe both. Either way there’s a $500 upcharge, putting the XT’s MSRP at $9,299.