Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Beautiful Upstate NY
Having had both over the years, as well as a couple of VSrom 650s, I feel the VStrom is a better road and touring bike than the AT. If you are doing 95% street, get the Suzuki.
Do yourself a favor and test ride the 650. I like them better than the 1000s. The frame and overall size is essentially the same, but the 650 is smoother and gets better mileage. Unless you are doing a lot of 2 up, the 650 really punches above its weight.
All that said, the component quality, feel and fit and finish of the AT is a notch higher than the Suzukis. The Suzukis are easier to work on, have a TON of aftermarket support and are as reliable as a hammer.