no thanks. if i want to add 75lbs. to my bike, i'd just simply add a lead weight. :var_52: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?
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.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.
+1 on #6I 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.
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.I'd take a belt drive.