The engine hangs from a beefy aluminum frame, but the oil cooler, oil filter, and front header pipe sit low and forward; a stout bash plate is a must for off-roading, and a front fender extender wouldn’t hurt. The suspension is too soft for serious off-road work, acceptable on smooth fire roads, and very much at home on pavement. A fork upgrade and a better rear shock turn the ’Strom into a surprisingly good pavement scratcher. At 33 inches off the deck, the seat is tall but soft enough for shorter riders to flat-foot stops. Even so, lowering links for the rear shock linkage and sliding the fork tubes up in the clamps are popular mods for the inseam impaired. Stainless-steel lines bring out the best in the brakes, which lean toward the mushy side of the performance index.