Neat. That's the best looking middleweight "naked" yet.
Unfortunately, Suzuki and the other manufacturers are constrained by the American market, and what sell here. It costs lots of money to get a bike on the market here, and then they have to contend with the "limited" American market. They can only sell so many "naked" bikes here.
Look at Kawasaki's new 650. They had to put a stupid fairing on it to get it to sell here.
On the other hand, there seems to be an insatiable appetite for cruisers here. If you liked cruisers, you would be in paradise!
Suzuki's response to the Victory Hammer. The resemblance is a bit more than obvious, but then again, any fat tired, major-factory bike produced after the realease of the Hammer will in no doubt always be compared to it.
Maybe Suzuki felt like their lineup needed a 240 series Marauder?
I don't get cruisers at all either, and understand that there was a reason standard bikes were called STANDARD. They weren't great at anything, but they were pretty good at everything. Nowadays, that probably means at least a small fairing, to keep the weather off, but a decent riding postiion for everyday this or that, and just enough lean to keep the front wheel loaded. For those on a budget, that sounds like an SV650; to those who are not, or are thinking used, maybe a VFR. If people consistently bought bikes like that, every manufacturer would make something like that. Find something that meets your needs, and vote with your wallet. If others follow, they will build it.
Because, to some people, torque is the Holy Grail. I don't completely get it either. I mean, I understand the comfort of just opening the throttle when you want to go faster, but running out of breath just when things are starting to get interesting is kinda embarrassing. Know what I mean? Maybe you gotta be an old guy like me to get it. I dunno.