Absolutely no problems so far, other than just routine maintenance. I got the bike in February. The rear tire was gone at 2,600 miles and the front was slick by 4,000. Replaced them with Avon Distanzias and got about 5,000 out of the rear (I ride a lot of dirt roads.) I replaced the rear Distanzia with a Metzler and it looks like it's going to give some really good mileage. I replaced the front Distanzia a couple of weeks ago with about 10K of wear on it. It hadn't gotten down to the wear bars yet, but I'm doing a long trip south towards the islands of coastal Georgia and Florida this week and didn't want to have to worry about the tire along the way.
I really don't have any complaints about the bike - it's been an amazing ride. The fairing buzzes a bit, but not enough to be a bother. I'll fix it at some point, but it's not a priority. The stock seat sucked, but fixing it was quick and easy - rides great now. Checked the sprockets while changing the oil a couple of weeks ago and don't see any noticeable wear yet (a lot of thanks to the excellent DuPont Teflon lube and the folks that suggested it!)
No crashes yet (knock on wood!) but I did drop it a couple of times - once against the dryer in the basement garage when I tripped over a jug of bleach while rolling the bike in without turning the lights on, and again, in of all places, the parking lot at the Dragon. When I did that one (in front of about 100 Harley riders) I was talking to some other riders and stalled the bike when I put it in gear. Phfluuuummmmp! Damn! At least it was easy to pick it up and beat a quick exit.
All in all, I couldn't be happier with my choice. I started riding back in the 60s when riding meant spending an awful lot of time pounding the kick starter of a cantankerous BSA and sitting by the side of the road trying to figure out what vibrated off right just before the bike died.
I've added panniers, crash bars, bash plate, fender extender and VStrom hand guards, and plan to add a Cee Bailey windscreen and accessory plug sometime in the next couple of weeks. This site has been worth its weight in gold, providing valuable info on every question that I've had about the bike.
If I could pick up another bike today, chances are it would be another Vee.
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