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Hello,
Suzuki did a nice job with the V-Strom, both 650 & 1000, in my opinion. Yes, there is room for improvements, of course. I think on the 1000 model, a step-up would be a shaft-drive option.
How about the rest of you?
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I'd take a belt drive.
 

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If I had wanted a Bavarian tractor I would have purchased one.
Shaft drives have their place I have owned a couple of bikes with them but I really don't think that the Strom would be improved in any way by fitting one. There are plenty of areas where major improvements could occur (did anybody say "screen") that would cost Suzuki far less to implement and would result in more sales than playing with shaft drive units.
 

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before i bought my Vee i seriously did not want a chain because i hate cleaning and adjusting them. in this price range it pretty much only left the cruisers as my only option. none of those fit my needs in a bike. a shaft on the Vee would have priced it off my list. i've got 12,000 miles on the original chain with only 2 cleanings and 3 adjustments. still looks absolutely good. i am impressed.
 

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Hello,
Suzuki did a nice job with the V-Strom, both 650 & 1000, in my opinion. Yes, there is room for improvements, of course. I think on the 1000 model, a step-up would be a shaft-drive option. How about the rest of you?
no thanks. if i want to add 75lbs. to my bike, i'd just simply add a lead weight. :var_52:
 

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Wouldn't that limit the bike in terms of weight and suspension travel? I like shaft drives more for their reliability over chains, but for the purposes of this bike I don't think it makes sense.
 

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Wouldn't that limit the bike in terms of weight and suspension travel? I like shaft drives more for their reliability over chains, but for the purposes of this bike I don't think it makes sense.
you mean limit it to less than the 6 1/2" it barely has now? the BMW HP2 Enduro has nearly 10" of rear travel.
 

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I love my wee but.......

I think if $$$$ wasn't a consideration a Christini AWD system would be sweet. If I was going to drop an extra 3 or 4 grand on an already great bike that is what I would do.

To be real though I think that Suzuki could do the following:

1) Reroute the exhaust so it doesn't hang so low under the motor. Maybe figure a way to route it to the side like on a dirt bike.

2) Offer more 'Suzuki Brand' accessories. It can be hard for a noob to put together a really nice Strom with the limited selection in the catalog.

3) Spoke wheels. Nuff said.

4) Auto tranny. Aprilia Mana Adventure anyone? Maybe I just miss my Burgman.

5) Stock handguards on the wee.

6) Drop that sweet V into a DR 650 and call it the DR-V. Yeah!!!!

Ok now I will stand still and let everyone slap me around for a while.
 

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I think if $$$$ wasn't a consideration a Christini AWD system would be sweet. If I was going to drop an extra 3 or 4 grand on an already great bike that is what I would do.

To be real though I think that Suzuki could do the following:

1) Reroute the exhaust so it doesn't hang so low under the motor. Maybe figure a way to route it to the side like on a dirt bike.

2) Offer more 'Suzuki Brand' accessories. It can be hard for a noob to put together a really nice Strom with the limited selection in the catalog.

3) Spoke wheels. Nuff said.

4) Auto tranny. Aprilia Mana Adventure anyone? Maybe I just miss my Burgman.

5) Stock handguards on the wee.

6) Drop that sweet V into a DR 650 and call it the DR-V. Yeah!!!!

Ok now I will stand still and let everyone slap me around for a while.
+1 on #6
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I like shaft drive but on this bike NO .A good quality chain and QUALITY sprockets are sufficent. Maybe an eclosed chain ??? could be a good idea
I agree with Kiwi there are ways Suzuki could improve the bike
better screen
Adjustable screen ( see mad stand )
Better quality suspension
One inch more travell both ends
Better seat
Fork Brace
Rox type riser that allow a bit of adjustment
wider ratio gearbox ( lower first and second gear )
 

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Fact. The '09 is $800 more than an '08.

Fact. To keep a bike in a price category parts must be made cheaper and cheaper.

Question. What parts will Suzuki skimp on keep it under $8k as the USD slips even farther.

Answer. Motor? Outsourced to the lowest bidder? Cheaper tires? And when they can't keep it in a price category where they think it will sell like hotcakes they will stop importing it to the US and then what? The reason alot of the adventure bikes never get to the US is that they would have to be sold at a loss to be fit in to what we consider to be affordable. The Strom will be there eventually. Or it will have to be made so cheaply that no one would want it.
 

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Don't give me the shaft, on this bike !!

I have had shaft drive motorcycles before, but IMHO the V-Strom doesn't need to be one of them. Most of my bikes have had chain drive. I have admired the belt drives on various BMW, Buell and Harley models - and think for me it would be the best of all (although I have not personally owned a belt drive motrcycle). The new technologies and materials have made the current crop of belts very reliable and able to endure a fairly large amount of horsepower. They are quiet, no lubing required (ever), are rumored to last 100,000 miles or more and seldom or never need adjusting for most riding habits/style. That sounds like a win/win for me. However, some of the 70-90 % off-road guys don't seem to like the idea of a belt. I'd say, enclose the belt and everybody's happy. :D - Maybe. I just realized you can't make everybody happy. When designing a new motorcycle, I can't imagine that there would be much difference in cost between fitting the belt or the chain.There is a previous post on this thread about having separate V-Strom models for mostly street and mostly off-road use. To me, that is the best answer, if Suzuki is listening. Check out the previous thread on the DL800. Good stuff !! We've told Suzuki how to fix the V-Strom to make it nearly perfect and we are ready for our New Stroms.
 

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I'd take a belt drive.
I used to wish the Strom had a shaft drive because I hated fooling with chains and fell in love with the shaft drive on my FJR. Then I thought a belt would be nice since it would be easy to retrofit and not add any weight like a shaft drive. The problem with a belt drive on a bike that may be ridden off-road is the possibility of sucking a rock up in the belt. I believe that was Bavarian Mower Works put a chain on the F800GS instead of a belt like on its 800ST brethren.
 

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Some days i'd take a shaft drive. But i enjoy changing sprockets to gear the bike for what i'm doing too. You couldn't do that with a shaft drive.

Once things for sure... if they did do that(and they won't) at least it would be a good shaft drive that would hold up!! :bom_smoking::)

I think Suzuki could make a GS(ish) bike and do a WAY better job of keeping it reliable with the same features as BMW has. Would be interesting to see it if they ever do it! Not enough market here in the states for it now. But these kinds of bikes seem to be picking up in popularity every year.

Not everyone is a fan of Long Way Down and Round .. but they have done wonders for bringing this type of bike to the attention more people. I don't know how many times i've been asked in a parking lot "are you going to ride that around the world like those one 2 guys did". They won't remember the name of the show.. or what they rode.. but they now know about it.
Amazing what TV does.
 
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