If all this sounds bitter or judgmental – sorry about that - you missed my point. Point being – Strom owners unite! Our Strom’s will do all or almost all the “new” will – competently – with impeccable dependability. And why I so much enjoy riding one of THE greatest motorcycles of all time
. Grom or Wing - I’ll ride with you anytime. Just try to keep up – OK? Thanks.
Just my .02… nothing more. Be safe out there everyone.
I tend to disagree with you although our conclusions end up the same
I have put over 202,000 km on my 2006 DL650, over 139,000 km on my 2012 DL650 and over 205,000 km on my 2015 DL1000.
I would say the V-Strom, especially the DL650, is on of the most **average** bikes that exist.
There is nothing you can point to that is really special about the bike. It has decent performance (more so in the case of the DL1000), handles nicely, is comfy, is happy on paved twisties, unpaved backroads, city traffic, heading across the country, and just doing whatever you feel like doing.
We don't need to unite, we don't need to even worry about what others are doing or what new things come (although we will happily accept them!) we just go out riding. Short rides, long rides, nice weather, bad weather, hot, cold, whatever we feel like doing.
And that it s the strength of it: it isn't about the bike at all, it is about you, the rider, just out there riding any way and any where you feel like going.