As our convoy pulled out of the Capetown resort, the V-Strom felt perfectly adapted to city work. Unlike other bikes in the class, the Suzuki seems lithe and sporty, offering steering that's quick and neutral along with ample torque for squirting in and out of traffic. In South Africa it's legal to pass cars on either side (though most cars simply move over to let you go by), and the V-Strom had no trouble passing anything, even at lower revs. The wide-set mirrors offered a perfectly clear view of the scenery behind, and only got buzzy when we were forced to rev the motor up to its 9500-rpm redline, which wasn't often. Speaking of buzz, the entire bike gets a little fuzzy at the top of the tach dial, just like the TL1000S, and though the bike makes good power up top, there's so much available down low that it's usually not necessary to rev it unless you're really in a jam. There's surprising power even as low as 3000 rpm; it'll pull wheelies at 1500 rpm in first gear just like-you guessed it-the TL1000S. Keep the bike between 5000 and 7000 rpm in the higher gears and you're really moving, and like any recent Suzuki, the fuel injection is flawless-no surging or hiccups were experienced at any time.