An important part of improving your product is to listen to your customer’s feedback. Take criticism on the chin: LEARN from your mistakes.
So at the next QC meeting at Sukuki (or Honda or Yamaha or whoever) the product managers should be FORCED to listen to hours of feedback from forums like this one.
Just imagine for a moment if your new V-Strom came with Centrestand, switchable ABS, LED headlights, accessory under-seat fuse box, easily adjustable screen... items which could be added for 10% of the cost of aftermarket extras, the product would significantly out-perform the opposition
So Mr Suzuki......PAY ATTENTION.
Look Listen Learn!
I’d HAPPILY pay $300 more for a STANDARD bike with all these things already fitted, without having to order them as extras (for 3 times the cost) and more importantly having to wait another 4 weeks for their delivery!
A few thoughts:
QC to me means "Quality Control". Your rant is about Marketing, not quality.
These things might be important to you but to many others they simply don't matter.
It might make sense to (as BigB mentions) offer an XT version that is fully decked out but for the most part they aren't really a big deal.
I had the centerstand mounted before delivery and wouldn't have one without it but there are other riders that simply don't want a centerstand of for some reason want an aftermarket centerstand.
I had the opportunity to buy a new DL1000 that had the factory luggage and a number of other things like luggage for a minor price increase compared to the naked one I got. For me it wasn't even barely desirable. I did not want the factory luggage at all, I didn't want the plastic engine "guard". I forget the other stuff it had but it didn't matter to me.
I am not interested in defeating ABS although I understand there are a number of incredibly talented riders out there that don't wish to have it on when off-road but suspect for the majoprity of Strom Buyers that simply doesn't matter.
Yes I put fuseblock on all my Stroms and also have mounted it on my Wife's 2016 Triumph Tiger 800 XRX Low. It would be nice if there was a factory kit or designated spots to wire in these type of accessorizes but in the grand scheme of things a minor annoyance.
And the screen on my 2015 DL1000 does adjust easily from stock and more so since I added the Madstad Bracket which has totally and completely cured any issues I had with buffeting.
On the other hand I really like that Suzuki has decided to use powerful MONOBLOCK brakes on the front of my bike, good quality adjustable suspension, and very effective traction control which is very easy to change settings.
I would love to have factory Cruise Control whether standard or as an option but it isn't a show stopper for me.
Even though the truth is that the perception(?) of Stroms and Suzuki is that they are low end products the fundamentals are great on our bikes.
Ultimately there is no right or wrong and I am sure that if Suzuki and the dealers thought there was money to be made offering bikes just the way you like I suspect they would do so.