Well my 2001 ZX-6R (same thing as a 06 ZZR600) was the best selling Ninja of all time.. Why? cause it was a good sportbike (E Boz won the AMA supersport championship on it, Andrew Kit won the WSS on it) and it was a comfrontable as a VFR (MO has a comparison article of the 2 that year). Well I was talking to the Kawasaki dealer and he told me that the new ZX-6R will return the Ninja to the more comfrontable side i.e dealers complained and the factory listened.
In my humble opinion standards aren't selling now, cause they doesn't look fast and they aren't fun on the freeway. But on the other hand kpaul the GMP did predict that Naked bikes would replace cruisers as the boomers die off and get hip replacements i.e Nakeds will be the cruisers of Gen Y and X. So you maybe right in the future. A standard with a small fairing like the Monster and Buell .. You are probably a Gen Y right? Both of my daughter's boyfriends (Gen Y) like sportbikes and Monsters i.e they don't like cruisers.
Cool like I said in my other post. A couple years ago I predicted that naked bikes would come on strong.. becoming Gen Ys cruiser. i.e GenY riders would want something more comfy but wouldn't buy cruisers. Of course longride, Buz said I was nuts. Perhaps I was overly optimistic in the timeing ...I just can't see Gen Y buying cruisers in the same large numbers as the Baby Boomers.. But I think you are absolutely right these new standards can't be made with hand me down components.
The Monster sells because it's easy to live with and a hell of a lot of fun to throw around corners. Even the big ones probably don't go over 400 lbs. 100 hp is plenty for a bike like this. It's the rest of the bike that doesn't cut it.
In Italy there is a saying that 500 years of chaos produced titian, da vinci, raphael, verdi and dante. 500 years of peace and prosperity in switzerland produced chocolate and the cuckoo clock. A propos nothing in particular.