That is a characteristic of the engine, not unlike how an ST1300 sounds. I cannot see how that whine bothers anyone, sounds like a supercharger to me. Thicker oil then 40 weight will quiet down some engine noises a slight bit, but once again all the noises are not uncommon for either V-Strom model.Does the cam gear whine bother anybody on long rides, or do you get used to it?
Does it get quieter as the engine gets some miles on it?
I found it quite annoying on a short demo ride the other day. I do usually wear ear plugs though.
20w50 might quiet the mechanical noises some.
Well...you must take a lot of drugs cause I'm in the same boat (bad knee, arthritic hands, knee and shoulders, mid sixties) and Im good for maybe 400kms a day. And that's pushin it.:mod2_wheelchair:I have a 2008 wee strom on which I have done several 1000 km, one 1200, and one 1600km in 24 hr Far Rides in perfect comfort. I've had my 2014 1000 for a month and have put 14000 on it including 14 days straight of up to 900km a day. I'd say my new bike is slightly more comfortable than the wee. I have sheepskin seat covers in both bikes. I'm 6'4" tall with a 36" inseam and I'm in my mid-sixties with a bad back and arthritic knees. I'd have no hesitation in doing a 1600km ride in 24 hours on the new 1000.
I traded an 11 Connie on my V2, I just could not get comfortable on that bike. I did love the power but the V2 is way faster in tight twisties. That and I hated the linked brakes on the 11 but you can't beat it for high speed slabbing.A risk I'm willing to take. But the Connie is going nowhere.