After thousands of miles looking for perfection with the V-Strom, I've concluded that it's best left stock unless you're willing to go all in for a number of coordinated modifications. For me, the sharpness in the on/off throttle response was adequately mitigated with a G2 Throttle Tamer, which I highly recommend. But since playing with various fuel maps and taking the O2 sensors out of line added virtually nothing in terms of power, made the on-board fuel computer much less accurate (it was actually quite good in stock form), and hurt gas mileage, I am, for once, saying stock is good enough. I have come to like the rumble of the longer Holeshot exhaust, though, and would do that again understanding that the only benefits are reduced weight, extra clearance for soft luggage, and a nice exhaust sound. The V-Strom 1000 is, and clearly wants to be, a 90-hp (er...85-hp) motorcycle. Anyone thinking a TL1000 lurks just beneath the V-Strom's skin has purchased the wrong bike.