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Can someone explain the reason for all the shaft drive votes to the slow guy? My first bike (a CB550) was a shaftie, and my cafe racer project (XS750, still under construction) is a shaft drive, too. Personally, I'm much happier with the chain drive on the Wee. The shaft is heavy, complex and too restrictive. On the XS, I am stuck with XS wheels, at least on the back. On the Wee, I can have Woodies make a set of wheels for me if I want or go with OEM, because it's easy to find a hub to take a 525 sprocket. On the Wee, I can -- and did -- change the gearing for more pep in town and better control off pavement. For an upcoming trip with lots of long highway miles, I'll be changing gearing again for smoother highway cruising. With a shaft drive, changing gearing is non-trivial. Finally, while chains require a little more maintenance, cleaning and lubing is a ten minute job even for a complete n00b, and even replacing chains and/or sprockets is rather straightforward. On the other hand, I've heard enough horror stories from the guys riding the big BMW's to make me leery of a shaft drive ADV bike if you're going very far off the beaten path. So what am I missing? What's the big plus to offset these drawbacks?
I agree with TheWall, shaft drive would be an overkill on a mid size adventure bike. It would add a substantial weight to it as well.
Main reason I disliked the chain drive was the mess it made after every lube, not any more. I have discovered DuPont Teflon Chain Saver, which doesn't have any fling off and seems to repel the road dirt/grime from the chain. With center stand, the chain lube is a matter of 30 seconds.
 

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Flip the headlight flash-to-pass button and temp/clock toggle. Make the flash to pass button same as gen 1 v-strom. Why? Because I often use this as an added "look at me" tool to help control traffic in higher risk situations. Moving my thumb above the handlebar to operate the control requires losing some finesse with overall control. The index finger easily reaches the front trigger style switch.

Adjustable seat height.

Adjustable windscreen.

Adjustable handlebar rise/pull back.

Give me back my fuel capacity.
 

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New improvements

Better seat, self cancelling turn signals, 700-800cc,better wind protection with adjusters,better forks.ABS switch
 
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