So I thought I'd give an update now that I have put a few hundred miles on my Vstrom.
First off, ABS brakes are great. Every bike should have them as standard equipment.
Second, Clutch and gears is more fun to drive than twist and go
Third. Waving is more difficult with clutch and gears so head nodding has taken over
Fourth, The ride from the longer suspension is tremendously better than the AN400 ride was
Fifth, it's nice to have a tank betwen my legs again with my feet under me on proper pegs
Tall people like me are better off with tall bikes...much more comfortable
Sixth, my poor AN400 is feeling neglected...