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Old 10-06-2012, 12:53 PM   #141
Pecha72
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Location: Helsinki, Finland
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Originally Posted by PWRCRZR View Post

I for one would have liked to see a shaft drive but I am thinking it is a cost thing and possibly Suzuki trying to find something to offer that not as many others do in the big displacement ADV bike market.
Itīs also a weight thing.

And Iīll have a chain on an ADV bike, thank you.

An example: my friend just did a 6-month tour from Argentina to the US... and there was one major fault on the bike during the whole trip. You guessed it – the shaft gave up in Colombia. So the bike was transported on a pick-up to Cartagena, and then on a boat to Panama, where they were able to fix it (with parts shipped to them from Europe). Meant about 7-10 days of waiting around, and I have no info on the total costs, but wasnīt cheap.

On a chain-driven bike that just does not happen. So very easy to carry all parts as spares, if you like. And even if you donīt, chains are everywhere. I know it requires more regular maintenance.

But I donīt mean to start a fight, this is nothing more than just my personal opinion.
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