all the bluster and chest pounding aside...
I dont know why a V-strom would not have a heel-toe shifter. personally i'd like to try it, the top of my left shoe is getting trashed.
the only objection i have heard to the h-t shifter is that you can trash your transmission if you are a fool and ride around with your foot on the shifter.
So, i noticed that not one person actually addressed the question, which is "why no heel-toe shifter on a vstrom?". this leads me to believe that nobody has an answer, and that it might just be a good idea.
i dont need to upshift in a turn, and i am not worried about having my toe under the shifter, but i do like my shoes to stay unscuffed, and i find it slightly annoying to have to get my toe under the shifter.