V-Strom Ownership and Reliability ?
2004 DL650. Bought new. Now has 21,000 miles. Just installed third rear tire at 20,500 miles. Second front tire looks like new with 9000 miles. Checked valve clearance at 15,000 (no adjustment required). New battery at 16,500 miles. New chain and sprockets at 18,000 miles (didn't do very much lubing or adjusting). New oil filter and synthetic oil twice a year - whether it needs it or not. Wax. Ride. Clean. Have fun personalizing with accessories (Madstad, Staintune Exhaust, K & N, Blaster Horns, Gel Seat, Fork Brace, etc.). Ride. Smile alot when riding. Try to decide if I can afford to have a DL1000, too, someday. Not getting rid of the DL650, maybe just add another V-Strom to keep this one company.
If you get the idea that I'm Completely Satisfied with my V-Strom, then you understand. My favorite motorcycle ever, in over 44 years of riding ALL KINDS of motorcycles. Excellent at many things. Very good at all the rest.
You should buy one and get the pain of BMW ownership behind you. You will not look back, once you have purchased the V-Strom.
2014 Black DL1000ABS - Adventure. Sold 2012 Fox Orange V-Strom DL650. Sold 2004 Black Suzuki V-Strom DL650. Since 2004 Owned Nothing But V-Stroms - DL or No Deal !!