We were discussing over some coffee with biker friends about bikes yesterday night. Some of us change machines faster than you can read my blog (and this no encyclopedia here to start with anyway). Couple thousand kilometers and thats it. The urge is there. Some of them change the whole riding style as well. How about getting a Honda Blackbird after riding enduro like KTM 990 Adv. Strange mix which may be hazardous for your health. Or a Hayabusa after riding Harley.
I had the same bike over 7 years. It takes me to get used to the machine and its abilities. Today the riders have so much catching up to do. A new bike does not make you any faster or quicker. Actually it will make you slower until you get used to it. And for sure you will get poorer.
During the past 7 years the VSTROM DL1000 had minimal mechanic problems. It is very reliable, comfortable for long trips and more than enough power when you want it.
I’m on my 3rd set of tires and chains but still at the same original battery.