600 Miles, The Good and Bad So Far
I finally made it to 600 miles and have a few observations about my 2019 V-Strom XT.
Its a lot lighter than my other bike, a Triumph Trophy SE, so it feels nimble and quick changing directions. It's also a lot easier to push around the garage.
The ergonomics are good for me, the seat, bars and foot pegs seem in good locations and the screen is just high enough to push the wind over my head so no buffeting. I put about 7 hours in the seat yesterday and the only problem I had was that uncomfortable seat. I need to address that sooner rather than later.
I'm getting over 250 miles on a tank babying the bike through the break-in process so I'm getting over 60 mpg and I'm liking that.
The suspension isn't the best. I knew that when I bought it as I chose not to spend almost twice the cost of the bike on a Triumph Tiger 800. I hit a few rough spots on the road that caused the front end to feel like the forks locked up, It felt like they couldn't react fast enough to the road irregularities. The rear seems overwhelmed at times, I think I bottomed out at least twice and I was on the pavement all day. I have upped the preload on the rear, but it didn't help much. An upgrade is in the future.
The bike's electrical system had no issue handling the heated grips and jacket liner I was wearing when I left home. It was about 32 degrees and wind protection was pretty good for a mostly naked bike.
I already scraped the pipe under the engine doing a u-turn on the shoulder. It wasn't even very rough so I need to get a skid plate ASAP.
All in all, I'm pretty satisfied with the bike.
2013 Triumph Trophy SE
2019 Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT