Originally Posted by Heavy
Sounds like you've sold yourself on a different bike.
We can't tell you what will make you happy. I know, for me, the Strom is as close to a perfect bike as I will find. Reasonable power delivery, reasonable comfort, reasonable handling and lots of versitility. A good combination for me.
Heavy's nailed it. I am reading and re-reading your post and I just don't understand it.
You've had this thing for 1000 miles. It isn't even broken in. You say you are looking for a street bike with a sport touring flair, a good all day ride and an excellent commuter. Dude, you have one.
In 1000 miles you have already spent $400.00 on windshields, with one more to go. You already know that you need a 16T front sprocket, new pipes and a FI re-map. You haven't even given this bike a chance.
My opinion, FWIW, is that you bought the bike, then started digesting everything you read on the forums. I did the same thing. I bought an 06, and before I had 100 miles on it , I was convinced that my windshield sucked, Deathwings were no good, it ran the shits, needed a PC or a Yosh, seat is crap, ran lousy between 3000-4000, cost too much, it was too top heavy, had more power than I really needed, got lousy mileage, wasn't very flickable, and had lots of issues. If I had a ledge, I'd have jumped off.
So now I have 7000 km on it. I've commuted on it, taken some great trips, and the bike has done everything I have asked of it. It has been great and keeps getting better. And of all those things that I was told were inadequacies, they have been a non event. I have changed NOTHING on that bike.
You already have a bike that is an all day ride, good commuter and a street bike with a sport touring flair. Not to many V 1000 guys spend a great deal of time off road. In my opinion the V is an outstanding street bike with perfect ergos for an all day ride.
What do you find lacking in the V as a street bike. I don't know what you are looking for, but I hope you find it.