Now that's what I'm talking about! Bring on a bike like the boost king and watch all the others scramble to keep up. Maybe this will be just what it takes to make yamaha give birth to a new and improved V-max. Let the war begin.
Over the years, I've attended dozens of dealer shows, all giddy in anticipation of seeing something truly new and innovative. Much more often than not, I went home feeling dissapointed.
It is a VERY rare occurance that the dealers know up front what new bikes will be introduced. Even the factory District Sales Managers aren't privy to the new stuff since their close relationships with the dealers they serve would likely result in too many of them spilling the beans. Manufacturers know that they'd have a tough time getting all their dealers together in one place if there wasn't the element of surprise to lure them.
It's possible that your dealer's clairvoyance regarding the Kawasaki Z1000 and ZX6-R was assisted a bit by spy shots in the European press.
My personal opinion? A B-King would not be able to sell in sufficient numbers to warrant coming over. If they do, though, it'll likely be because Suzuki wants to have a new floor-traffic builder in order to relieve the now 3 year old Hayabusa from this task.
If suzuki doesn't come out with a bigger brother to the venerable SV650 based on the TL1000 motor, I think they'd really be missing a sure-fire winner.
"If suzuki doesn't come out with a bigger brother to the venerable SV650 based on the TL1000 motor, I think they'd really be missing a sure-fire winner. "
Yeah, an SV1000 seems like a must-do (If you go by the 13-15 bikes that commute in daily at my work, the SV650 is the most popular bike sold, there are 3 two naked and one faired S model), and I wonder why it hasn't happened yet, but it seems that an SV1000 naked bike would steal sales from the Bandit 1200. Isn't that bike selling pretty nicely? (though I do see alot more ZR1000 Kawis on the street)
according t the euro reviews of the GS1400 that I've read it's a step above the B12 in fit and finish, but lacks the hooligan nature that gives the b12 it's "character"... (though I'm only formulating opinion from hearsay)...
whatever, personaly I hope the SV1k is a go, that would be another bike that I'd drool over massively, and then wait ten years to buy.
oh wait..... in ten years I'll be, um 57....well maybe I'll still be alive...
Suzuki had their chance with the TL1000S. It had a good motor, looks like the SV650, and was quite the track burner. Motorcyclist magazine had a test in 98 or 99 with the TLS and the YZFR1. The TLS beat the R1 around the track by a full second. The TLS had power and style, but America would not buy it then. What you are asking for is a re-badged TLS in the SV1000. America will not buy it now.
When news and pictures of the the TL-S came out in '97, lots and lots of folks (myself included) got boners the size of bread loaves. Personally, I hadn't been that excited about a new bike since the '83 750 Interceptor.
In fact, most of the first few batches of TL-S's that arrived around my neck of the woods sold for way over MSRP due to the pent-up demand.
It was only when the word started spreading about all the problems this bike had (such as chronic stalling, horrible lean spots, jerky throttle response, atrocious gas mileage, tendency to overheat, propensity to tankslap, and, probably worst of all, a real crappy shock design that was almost impossible to rectify without taking out a second on the house) that the hysteria over this bike dissipated.
If Suzuki had taken the time to make sure the TL-S was done right back then, it would be the success that the SV650 is currently, I am certain.
I stand by my assertion that an SV1000 would be a huge sales success, as long as Suzuki does not repeat the blunders which caused the TL-S debacle.
y'know, it's odd... I followed that whole TLS Tank-slap business whwen the brit rags first reported it, and there really was a big row about it over there, but the amrerican magazines never complained about it, or mentioned the TLS head-shaking in any divergent way.. and to this day the american magazins usualy say that the TLS doesn't tank slap as badly as the british mags said it did....
I wonder what the deal was? s'pose we'll never know...
Well, my point was that, whether warranted or not, the tank-slap flap (love to rhyme, all the time) helped drag the TL-S's reputation into the gutter. I'm of the opinion that if Suzuki had actually fitted a decent rear shock on this bike, most everything else could be tolerated.
The TLS does not have a tankslap problem! Not any more so than any other modern sportbike. I own a TLS and love it. However, it is very flawed in stock trim. The rotary damper simply doesn't work, the stock steering damper is WAY too stiff, and the FI is tuned poorly. I added a Penske shock, a PCII, an ATRE, and changed the oil in the steering damper to a lighter weight synthetic. (I actually ran it without the damper on for a long time and had to try pretty hard to get any tankslap out of the thing. It's all about body positioning. If you have your weight way back and give it full throttle up a bumpy hill, it'll start to slap a little, but my friends 929 is much worse in every situation.) With the mods I listed my TLS is superb! It handles great, and has a big wide power band with no flat spots or surging. I think if Suzuki makes the SV1000, and it's based on the TLS but more refined and without the extremely bad reputation, it'll be a big seller. You just can't beat a V-twin.
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