Welcome to the forum, bearing.
40 years on Shovel heads, Evo' & Twin cams, this suspension is great. Not to say that down the road I may get the itch to upgrade, but I bought this bike to ride out of the box. Unlike the Harley' & even Versys, where upgrades were asap. Thanks!You might be the first person ever to buy a V-Strom because of its suspension. Most of us buy them despite it and then upgrade it!
I'm glad it works for you, and welcome aboard.
Great to hear this. Thank you!V-Stroms are generally very reliable with basic minimal maintenance. I would not worry overly about engine noise - it is normal, and anyway V-Stroms lack full farings to muffle engine noise.
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Never "lugged" any bike.Top end noise. Maybe you are “lugging”it? These bikes like to rev out.Surprised me at first.After you coming from a history of Harley ownership it would seem counter-intuitive.
Rode with some Harley crew who thought 4500 rpm was high on my st1300.