Over the year, I added a bunch of modifications that, in reality, brought me to V-Strom 1000 Adventure spec, like adding luggage, a centerstand, belly pan, touring windscreen, and hand guards. At $13,999, the Adventure model gets you those accessories for less than their à la carte costs on the base machine. I’m not a huge fan of the stock hard side cases though. The SHAD SH36 side cases I tested are much bigger, and the Dakar soft bags are more flexible and narrow. But adding a top box, like the Trax 37-liter unit, provides enough capacity to make the Suzuki side cases workable. The only Suzuki accessory I’d avoid are the heated grips.