I called the local dealer, DGY in Westmont IL, and asked if they had the oil filter socket tools for the V-Strom.
Parts guy (I have some OTHER names for him) stated, "yeah, we have that."
Drive to dealership only to find they DO NOT have aftermarket filter socket, nor do they have the OEM Suzuki tool.
The search is on!
All winter I would go in every auto parts store, with filter in hand, trying on different manufacture's filter sockets.
Second trip to PEP Boys, just to see if anything changed.
They had taken on a new line of these oil filter sockets from "Right-Fit
and there it was Manufacture P/N: A-256
, everything their name implies.
All for $2.99 plus tax.
If you don't have a PEP Boys auto store near you, try them online.