FRONT TIRE/RIM SIZE: The vast majority of V-Strom owners will not be venturing "off-road" with this awesome bike.
So the 19 in tire/rim size while meeting the "off-road" criteria, IS NOT NECCESSARY FOR ROAD USE. This 19 in rim also EXTREMELY limits replacement tire choices.
A front tire/rim size of "18 in" would still allow the LIMTED "OFF-ROAD" use this bike will see but REALLY OPEN UP the replacement tire choices.
An 18in front rim would also LOWER this bike making it appeal to a GREATER spectrom of potential buyers.
I love my V-Strom, it is a great bike I just think an "18 in" front rim would open up a whole new world for this bike and possibly allow SUZUKI TO EXPAND the role and SALES of this bike.