I'm sure there wil be a new 600, look at the new zx-6r, that will likely share some things with the new gixxer 6. It will probably be similar to the 1000 in styling, expect to see radial brakes and maybe the new zx-6 for too.
Okay, Kawasaki wins the prettiest bike shootout with that zr1000 thing. Ducati'll win the best chassis thing, BMW wins the most doodads that are useful thing. (Heated handgrips rule. Sorry. It's true.) Suzuki wins the make your sportbikes look like a Hayabusa prize. And Honda, well, I'm still not interested, so who cares? Just ride long and hard. Put 400 miles on your bike in 5 hours. Come home, be extremely happy. And if you're achy, it's either your bike or you're too old. If it's the bike, buy a beemer and quit posing. If you're too old, take an advil and do it again. Motorcycles are the fountain of youth. I'm through rambling now. I will be awaiting Burnsie's cutdown. He makes me laugh and he's my favorite columnist, anyway.
Since we have great naked bikes coming out, why not have an international naked comparo with buell xb9s, bmw r1150r, ktm duke (if it were available), kawi zr1000, the new Guzzi, sv1000, fz1, and the good ol' speed triple for a good romp. Maybe throw in a 919 and a monster just for fun.
Who are you trying to sell with the "made it beautiful too" thing. Suzuki took a big step back in the aesthetics department. The SV650 was actually a good looking bike, now they went and put scaffolding on the sides. And the beak on the new Gixxer makes it look like a rabid vulture (oh i mean hiaboosa). Some heads are going to roll at design HQ.
even though I really like the SV1k, and am torn becuase I know I'd have to seel the trusty old 1400 to make it real, I can't help but notice that the naked B12 is $1k LESS than the SV1k....so THAT's how Suzuki is going to maintain the B12s life in the lineup! ;-) can't say as I blame them not to mention, that $1k price undercut makes the B12 verrrry attractive, no matter how much the SV appeals...
now THERE'd be an interesting comparison!
Speaking of the good old 1400, I can already hear the squealing over onthe Intruder Alert website BBS, concerning the fact that suzuki is giving the pass on a power cruiser for another season....LOL! it cracks me up, that the fastest of the japanese power cruisers is just about as fast as an SV650...;-) maybe. downhill.
As much as I like 'em, they are for sure Motorcycling's technological backwater...
the more important question is, do I sell the 1400 in the spring? SV1k? B12? SV.65? decisions, decisions!
I doubt the B12 and the SVS1K really will dig into each others sales. The top end power of that big in-line along with all the toys available to tweak the bike give the B12 a definate niche.
The new SV will, IMHO, appeal to SV riders that want to "move up", old TL riders, and those that were spooked by the reports of ill-handling of the TL.
If I were buying a new bike next year (and I maybe) I'd just wait until the end of the season, soak up everything that's been written and said by then, and buy a slightly used one off someone that made a mistake. You should save yourself enough to be able to afford to hold on to the 1400 until the next spring when you can sell it for so much more.
I like the change. I'd see one of those late model sport bikes coming down the road and think it was a helmeted, armless woman on a unicycle with headlights for tits coming at me. I guess it appeals to a 18 year old, but those of us nearing 40 would like something with the power, but without the adolesent body work. This is better, but still does not appeal to me enough to buy it. The new Yamaha FJR1300 looks like a great bike and will probably be my next.
By the way, which Jap power cruiser is almost as fast as an SV650?