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post #1 of 5 Old 07-03-2015, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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how reliable is v-strom comparing to honda, yamaha bikes?

I know it's a silly question but I never own a Suzuki before. I heard about Suzuki cars not so pleasant opinions, not to mention they're not built in Japan mostly. Hence my question, is v-strom built in Japan?
and how reliable is the engine and gearbox? I'm looking for an adventure bike so reliability is the most important virtue.
I was comparing v-strom 650 XT quality build with F800 GS and must say suzuki looks more solid, much better built. Would ride through desert on v-strom without hesitation?

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post #2 of 5 Old 07-03-2015, 04:25 PM
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reliable and cheap (affordable) are the two words most commonly associated with Stroms

(and for the older ones, also "ugly")

Current Bike: 2007 ABS Wee, rebuilt forks with Cogent DDC, Elka rear shock, tapered roller steering stem bearings, fork brace, Admore top box lights, LED side-only turn indicator lights, Powerlet outlet, frame sliders, Givi windscreen, Givi top box.

Prior Bikes: 2003 EX250, 2007 DL650 (non-ABS)
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-03-2015, 04:39 PM
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The Stroms have earned a reputation for being extremely reliable. The catch is using it for it's intended purpose. If you're going to be riding tar and smooth dirt roads they're all good. If you're planning on hitting rough stuff go for a model with wire spoked wheels. The cast alloy wheels don't handle rocks and other hard stuff as well. Other than that these things last very very well with nothing more than normal maintenance.

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post #4 of 5 Old 07-03-2015, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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I just found out in wiki that v-strom is
manufactured at Suzuki's ISO 14001 certified final assembly plant in Toyokawa, Japan.
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-04-2015, 01:14 AM
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In some parts of the world Suzuki motorcycles are assembled locally from Japanese parts.

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