I am not a BWM expert, but I have owned a few. They were great motorcycles. They were built very well with top quality components and materials. BUT....they can break, and when they do it costs a lot to fix them. They are expensive to maintain, but then all bikes are if you paid a dealer to do the real service that is recommended.
I sold my last BMW's as I could no longer use it as I wanted. (Back issues). I had gotten my DL650 as a second bike for playing on. The Suzuki is not the equal of the BMW, don't let anyone tell you that it is. After all, my BMW cost almost three times as much as my 650 V so how could one expect it to be.
What the Suzuki is, however, is a great value in a motorcycle. Its hard to find a machine that delivers the value that the Stom does for its price. The BMW has a certain following. Those owners are willing to pay the extra money for what they see as a premium brand. Now, most of them are great people, some of them are a bit...ummmmm....snobbie, but that is the minority. You find the same with Harley riders. Most are really dedicated riders who do some serious miles on those machines. When they do break some howl at the expense of fixing them. But to be fair, if you look at which motorcycles commonly reach high mileages, as in 100,000 plus, you will find more BWM's than any other brands.
This in no way detracts from what a fantastic value the Vstom is. Suzuki has done a wonderful job of building a motorcycle that can do a lot of tricks for a little money. They have a great engine that will last for countless miles if given reasonable care. But, as was mentioned, will we be able to get spares in twenty years?
I needed some minor parts for my old BMW, a 1988 K100RS. Went to the dealer and they had some in stock, others had to be ordered. Had all the parts in like three or four days and the price was no more than what Nippon parts would cost. Now, get into something like a clutch job and that changes. The BMW can put you into shock mode when you find out that it will be a $1,000 or more job. But reality is this doesn't happen too often.
I love my Suzuki and am amazed they can build such a fine machine for the price. I also know the limits of the bike and can live with them. I will not bash on BWM as they are an old respected brand that was cranking out great motorcycles long before Suzuki, Honda, et al. ever thought about it. I don't plan on keeping my Vsrom for twenty years so I am not concerned about future parts. After all, Suzuki will come out with new bikes and I can afford to replace the Vstom at a reasonable price for less than what the depreciation would be on a BWM.
'05 DL 650 Vstrom, Best value ride of all time.
'07 Triumph Tiger 1050 Feel the Power!
BMW K1200 GT, Gone but never forgotten
Happiness is having a motorcycle with more power than you will ever need.
Last edited by Hans471; 07-23-2008 at 10:12 PM.