Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Kingston, Ontario
It's to tall for you IMO
You can lower it to a maximum of 1.25"
the 1000cc valve adjust isn't to bad.
oil changes are as easy as you could be with no fairings in the way.
A few people have done darkside with no issues.
My 2014 V-strom 1000 got 48mpg when I filled it up today, that was taking it pretty easy though just commuting to work.
Last redesign was in 2014, the 2015 is the same bike.
I don't think it's the right bike for most people with a 27" inseam.
If you are dead set on it though, lowering links, dropping forks, aftermarket low seat, etc MIGHT make it half decent.
2018 Vstrom 1000
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad