Gosh. Same old footpegs. Why doesn't Suzuki ever change anything? Blah blah blah pessimistic crapfest about the R&D budget of a struggling Japanese manufacturer.
Get over it.
so, lemme get this straight: as fans of this tired old design, we, the loyal customers of the poor struggling japanese manufacturer, are supposed to dribble and goo-goo gah-gah at a plastics redesign after ten years? are we supposed to run out and drop 12k on a "new" vstrom with the same shitty problems, that somehow the aftermarket fixed without too much ado and expense? are we prohibited, in your mind, from voicing our opinions as owners and users of the same machine, who have faithfully stuck with a flawed design and worked with the aftermarket to make the bike closer to what suzuki could have easily made it?
methinks the real pessimist here is you, sir.
as for their limited R&D budget, the cheap-ass designers could have easily looked at what the aftermarket has done and simply adopted some of the changes, e.g., realshelby's clutch basket fix, ECU remaps done by many many shops and individuals, mosfet regulator standard, 4 pot pistons, aluminum bars with adjustable mounts, slightly rounded mirrors that get rid of 20-40% of the wind buffet problem, any windshield design but their own to get rid of almost all the rest of the wind issue, and the list goes on and on. yes, these things cost money, but how much? a few hundred bucks?