Hope Aprilia can build alittle more up to the NY Show in February. Blue Marlin? Maybe those Ducati MHE900 owners are going to be on E-Bay abit more. Benelli with a limited edition SBK Tornado? Did they even start selling regular ones yet? 998R? Wow I gotta make room on my walls for the new posters....
The more competition the better. Bring over cheap do-it-all roadsters. That way Honda, Yamaha, and Kawasaki can concentrate fully on flagship-type bikes for those with disposable income, yet the rest of us still have a decent choice of cheap bikes.
I dunno, I think there's a decent selection out there now. Plenty of cheap lightweight cruisers, the GS500 for entry-level naked bike, the Ninja 500 for entry-level sport... Plus you get an established dealer/parts/support network.
But yeah, competition's good. I wish Hyosung (sp?) luck. The Comet's neat.
Yeah I thought TDM the first time I saw a photo of it. I had a TDM. I think it was a little ahead of its time. The motor could have been stronger and the bike should have been lighter. Other wise I loved that bike. It seems like several knew bikes have taken some design clues from the TDM.
Overall, I think that Honda gave us the most this year. Correct me if am wrong, but did Yamaha solidify their lineup for the USA??? If so, they handed the Sport Touring keys to Honda (VFR, ST1300) and Kawasaki (ZZR1200). Just from reading posts on MO, people have been BEGGING Yamaha to send us the FJ1300R stateside. If this is the case, I can't see anybody holding out for the FJ and purchasing any one of the aforementioned models instead. Yamaha has a large selection of cruisers but offer slim pickins' in terms of sport models (Although the new silver R1 is HOT).
My personal favorite of this year would be the ZZR1200. Sure, the Honda models might have a little more technology, but the ZZR looks like a classy and simple ST for the masses. The color shown on this site for that model looks very good as well. My opinion might change after we see all of the Suzuki models for 2002 in Paris. I would like to see if they updated my favorite sport bike...The TL1000R.
That Suzuki V-StRom (not Storm) is the ugliest POS I've ever seen. The Gilera 600 is pretty cool looking, and the Aprilia is also hideous. I'm glad we will never be riding some of these. Looks aren't everything, but holy crapola!! A limit must be set! ;-)
U.S. wont be getting V-Strom, TDM, new HawkGT or anything else besides Cruiser, tourer and sports bike anytime soon, because in this country motorcycle is basically a hobby, roads are wide and straight and there are plenty of parking spot for cars in the most of the country. And there are only 3 kinds of motorcyclist; Cruiser, tourer and sports bike.
In order for the big 4 to bring "something else" they would need to produce & import in mass quantity like the rest of the models to keep the price down but since the sales forecast will most likely be low the price for these "something else" models would be little high.
Cruiser guys who only ride few blocks (the most ignorant people but the biggest market) would say; "wheres the chrome", "it aint low & long"
Tourer guys, who are the most picky people would say; "wheres the fairing, or its too small", "wheres the hard bags, shaft drive, heat grip, ABS and etc ", "motors too buzzy, too small", "need something comfortable for 1000 mile a day ride"
Sports bike guys who are the most simple minded people would say; "too expensive, rather buy SV or CBR", "not fast enough", "more power!"
The big 4 says, "screw you guys, Im going home" (Eric Cartman / South Park). Theyre going to sell these somewhere else!