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post #1 of 34 Old 08-18-2009, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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Shaft drive option on V-Strom DL1000?

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Suzuki did a nice job with the V-Strom, both 650 & 1000, in my opinion. Yes, there is room for improvements, of course. I think on the 1000 model, a step-up would be a shaft-drive option.
How about the rest of you?
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No thanks. That would have been enough to keep me from buying one.

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Shaft drives have their place I have owned a couple of bikes with them but I really don't think that the Strom would be improved in any way by fitting one. There are plenty of areas where major improvements could occur (did anybody say "screen") that would cost Suzuki far less to implement and would result in more sales than playing with shaft drive units.
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before i bought my Vee i seriously did not want a chain because i hate cleaning and adjusting them. in this price range it pretty much only left the cruisers as my only option. none of those fit my needs in a bike. a shaft on the Vee would have priced it off my list. i've got 12,000 miles on the original chain with only 2 cleanings and 3 adjustments. still looks absolutely good. i am impressed.

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Hello,
Suzuki did a nice job with the V-Strom, both 650 & 1000, in my opinion. Yes, there is room for improvements, of course. I think on the 1000 model, a step-up would be a shaft-drive option. How about the rest of you?
no thanks. if i want to add 75lbs. to my bike, i'd just simply add a lead weight.
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Wouldn't that limit the bike in terms of weight and suspension travel? I like shaft drives more for their reliability over chains, but for the purposes of this bike I don't think it makes sense.
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Wouldn't that limit the bike in terms of weight and suspension travel? I like shaft drives more for their reliability over chains, but for the purposes of this bike I don't think it makes sense.
you mean limit it to less than the 6 1/2" it barely has now? the BMW HP2 Enduro has nearly 10" of rear travel.

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you mean limit it to less than the 6 1/2" it barely has now? the BMW HP2 Enduro has nearly 10" of rear travel.
I didn't think this was an enduro bike, though.
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