I hate chain drive. It is the only thing I really don't like about the V-Strom. I happily rode shafties for the last 20 years. For its intended purpose, the V-Strom could be a shaft drive. The BMW dual sport is. If it was more biased toward off-road use, I could see the chain drive.
I know a chain suffers less power loss, blah, blah, blah. Don't care. I just don't want to bother with the care and feeding and periodic replacement of chain and sprockets. It messes up my riding life.
There! I feel a little better now. Just never say "chain drive" to me. It makes me crazy. :twisted: