I can't speak to long term quality of any of the components having only owned mine for a little over a month. However, so far, every piece of the new bike seems like an improvement over my '11 650. Might be worth asking the folks that have '14 - '16 models as most of the components are unchanged (the only real difference outside of color and beak / plastics shape is the Bosch IMU, I think. That's a pretty big upgrade in itself but it means there are a lot of common components and they've had them for a few years now.
2018 V-Strom 1000XT
2011 V-Strom 650A (Sold)
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