Well thats more like it , all we need now is the gsx or gsf or whatever they call the 1400 inline four they sell in europe and Suzuki will be spankin' ass but good,,, snooze ya' lose Honda, between the new Yammaha's and Suzuki's, I guess you better stick to civic's
Actually, I think it has more to do with actually sending someone over to Intermot to get the info...MCN and Moto-Station are european ,so are closer to the action than MO is.
Just my personal guess...though it would have been nice to send someone over there with a laptop for up to the minute updates, hey, could your yacht make the trip, Burnsie? Just pull into port and have a manufacturer's ride waiting for you to mosey on over to the convention...right?
Do you do anything to do other than criticize how quickly the news gets up here? Seriously, you even cut and pasted your post from another topic about why they don't post as fast as so-and-so. It almost sounds like you work for moto-station and are trying to discredit MO. Jeez...
Looking at the beefy frame, I'd say that frame breakage, the bane of TL1000S owners, will be a distant memory. I wouldn't consider this a first-year model, but rather a TL1000S with the most grevious bugs worked out. Hopefully Suzuki won't cheap out and use crap suspension.
I wish someone in the U.S. would post photos of the naked version and get some discussion going on that. Talk about a back-road-terrorizing wheelie monster. And speaking of Monster, I bet Ducati is hoping like hell that Suzuki doesn't bring these bikes to the U.S. market.
New models are usually shown to the press in advance of their introduction, with an "embargo", meaning that the media cannot talk about a new model until the specific date. Dozens of people knew about the SV1000, ZR1000, ZX-6R, CBR600RR, etc., months ago but were sworn to secrecy. MO does, in fact, cooperate with the OEMs, and that's why you don't see early information on this site. The euro sites don't seem to care about honoring the embargo so much, but here if you lose the OE's trust, you don't get to see new stuff next time.
People! I just heard that Honda's coming out with a CX500 Turbo! It'll feature Comstar wheels, fuel injection, and over 19lbs of boost! It's based on the standard CX500 motor which just came out in 1978. Here's the bad news; rumor has it that it'll retail for a whopping $4998! Who can afford that? Still, I can't wait! I'll keep you all posted on any further news I can find on this exciting new bike.
OK, I get the embargo date thing, although it does seem a little unamerican and disturbing that everybody plays along. But why can't they just tell us when the embargo dates are? And why even have them at all? Why don't the manufacturers just tell the moto-journalists when they're ready for the world to hear about it? What's the point of having the moto-journalists walking around with little "I-know-a-secret" boners for months on end? It's not like we're talking about nuclear missiles and stuff.