2016 or 2017???
So I finally negotiated with my Wife to get a new bike! I have to fund her building a giant spider decoration for the lawn (probably 6-7ft across and 3-4ft high made out of PVC pipes and Great Stuff expanding foam) but at least I'm getting a new bike!
A Vstrom 650 is on currently at the top of my list, but I can't decide between a new non-current 2016 (still plenty of those around) or a new 2017. I have things I like and dislike about both. I will be looking for one with cast wheels regardless of the year as I don't want to have to clean spokes.
2016 Pros: Proven reliability, TONS of farkles available, deals on price, can get with factory aluminum luggage. 2016 Cons: Asymmetrical aluminum panniers look a little weird, being the end of the product run there won't be any new farkles come out for them.
2017 Pros: Newest of the new, should be able to get symmetrical aluminum panniers just like on the newer 1000 Strom, apparently they are narrower (slightly) at the tank making it easier to get my legs down to the ground which is a good thing seeing as I'm 5'8". 2017 Cons: I'm a little nervous about traction control and if it will hold up in 10yrs time or 100,000km as it's probably expensive to fix and seems overkill on a bike with 70hp, being new the farkles probably haven't caught up yet.
Things I want for either bike are a full set of aluminum GIVI luggage (I like the look better than the plastic ones on a Strom and I LOVE the fact that the panniers are top loading), an adjustable windscreen (probably a GIVI max air), a power outlet, centre stand, wider kick stand foot plate, fog lights, crash bars. Things I'd like to have are a GPS, tank bag with locking ring rather than magnets, top box back rest pad and heated grips or better yet a heated jacket.
So I'd love to hear all your arguments for or against either model. Cheers!