Originally Posted by PWRCRZR
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.