Can't say as I blame you Stromette. I've followed your saga with interest. Your mileage is probably at the upper end of all Strom riders. I'm not aware of any others who have reached or surpassed that mileage. And to this point, you've done well to go 50,000 miles with little more than routine maintenance items. However parts do break, and athough annoying and likely expensive, they should be fixable immediately. Suzuki's inability to provide this crucial mechanical part is completely unacceptable. You've got to wonder how the rest of us, both Vee and Wee riders alike, are going to fare when we pile up 50,000 + miles and start needing mechanical parts. These bikes should go 100,000 miles with proper maintenance and care, and it is incumbent on Suzuki to make those parts available. After 100K, who cares, we can push these bikes off a cliff and get new ones. Every part I've ever needed for my previous Hondas were either in stock or a day away at the Honda warehouse in Vancouver. Since I've owned my bike, I have talked to others in the MC industry who are all in agreement that Suzuki is a very difficult company to deal with. You've been an ambassador for Suzuki. This is not right.
This was my first Suzuki, and I was a bit apprehensive prior to buying the bike due to my lack of experience with the brand. To this point I haven't had to deal with Suzuki at all, and very little with the dealer. And although I am really happy with the bike, Suzuki is on probation.