I to wish that they were lighter to FishrCutB8, but it is what it is !!! I have had good luck on my 650 wee on dry gravel roads and dry cut lines, but I'm not skilled on the wet or soft sand, so I stay away from that stuff.
I put on a set of Heidenau K60 Scout 50/50 tires, and I hope that it fixes the traction issue. I need 10 000 + kms for my highway travels, and a bit better bite if it rain when I'm up some dead end road. I plan on sticking to the 80% hyw and 20% dry roads.
I never asked johnofchar how many kms he had put on since his last valve setting, but I'm sure it has been a few years years. I check and see where the high mile dude on his V Strom DL 1000 2002 year unit.
PS: The odometors on V Stroms stop at 200 000 miles being that Suzuki never thought the bike would ever make it there. Ha Ha. I guess they were built it better then they thought !!! He had to have the dealer re-set the odometor, so he could keep track of his mileage.
From Jeathrow Bowdean