Question to ALL Vee owners..
Would you have paid 20-30% more for your bike if it had no problems??.
I don't think I'd pay 20% more for the "problems" that were easy to fix on this bike.
But.... if I were in the market for a new bike I'd pay 20% more for updated suspension and brakes and think a factory refined ECU map would be a good thing for sure.
I felt the same about my KLR, I'd have paid 25% more just for fuel injection, and a 6th gear. Maybe 30% more if you added not having to fix the balance shaft chain adjuster, no oil burning, better brake lines, better suspension .......
I don't always get the "leave it alone so we can sell it for a bargain price" mentality. I know it costs money for the factories to upgrade a bike, but much of it "seems" like such an easy thing for them to do and raising the cost some to cover those upgrades makes sense. It's done all the time for some models.
Look at motocross bikes. They upgrade the hell out of those bikes but other bikes will be static for years, why? Don't they think the other owners are motivated by the same reasons to upgrade their bikes? I can see leaving a model static for a few years, then have it evolve. I think "most" owners see keeping their bikes for a few years then trading it for some thing new after they've owned it for a while.
That period is variable, but a bike that doesn't change for 10 years doesn't produce much incentive to purchase new, why not just get a clean used one at half the price? I did. If there had been a new model Vstrom with significantly updated suspension, brakes, and maybe wire wheels, it would have given me reason to consider buying new, but that wasn't the case, and still isn't. Those items are the key reasons I'm considering a Tenere or Tiger, it's not because they have more power, better styling or ergos.
I've looked at all the new ADV bike engine configurations. I still like the V-twin layout the best. It's the narrowest, it's naturally smooth without needing heavy counter balancers, it feels and sounds great, it's a very good configuration.