Originally Posted by davidji
His commute is 170 miles round trip. Any bike that won't easily do that on a tank (and there are many) is a inconvenient choice. Commuting isn't like touring and you don't want extra fuel stops. If you can do 2+ commutes it's much more convenient. But hard to find for his distance. 1 1/2 commutes is better than one, and might be doable in his price range. With that range, you can skip the gas station every 3rd day.
V-strom is sounding better and better for him. 5.8 gallon tank I think on them, vs the 4gal on the SV.