I had been looking for a while at this class of bike. I wanted the same or more legroom as my Trophy, at least as much torque and power, and less weight/less top heavy than the Trophy. I short listed to the Honda Varadero 1000, the V-Strom and the Tiger 955i. The Varadero got booted as soon as I saw the weight. The V-Strom was all but booted because of the wonky clutch basket problem. The Tiger was it. I had 2 to choose from. I thought the first one would be it, but then the seller sent me some close pictures I asked for, and I wanted something that was better cosmetically. Before I could follow up on the second Tiger, I saw the ad for this 2002 V-Strom - newly posted. The seller has been around cars, bikes and motorsports for many years. This bike was in near new condition - better than new, in fact. Here are the improvements he did:
SV Racing caliper brackets & TL1000 4-piston calipers
Stainless steel brake lines
Stainless steel clutch line to install
Werks clutch basket
Racetech 0.85kg springs and Gold emulators
Elka 5-way rear shock with 600lb spring
Power Commander III
K&N air filter
AntiGravity Lithium Ion battery
Rear wheel spacer mod
Paddock stand spindles
HOW could I say no? So, I flew 2000 kms, bought it, and rode it home - in 2 days.
The seller said he had a guy do the map and made it a great bike from the way it was when new. It pulls GREAT above 4000 RPM, but lower revs not so much. I'm going to try a couple of maps I found here to see if that helps. I've learned I must stick with maps that are specific to the 2002-2003, so will try a Monkey Gas(?) map and, maybe a BigB map. People talk about a Cheff OMG map, but I think that's for a newer bike.
Anyway, sorry for the long post, but I am STOKED! And, life is about making and telling stories.