The VStrom was always a little tall for me but I could deal with it. I never really dropped it (about 70,000mi). But a goober in an SUV T-boned me, totaled the VStrom and left me with a crushed right leg. Now that I have carbon fiber below the knee, the VStrom, and just about every bike I liked was too tall. I really need to get both feet down. The Scrambler is perfect: Light, quick, and great handling..and it gobbles up gravel roads better than the VStrom. Just perfect.