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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.



 

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A valid point. But Suzuki sells the SV650 and the Bandit 600 concurrently, so a precedent has been set for this apparent marketing snafu.



I think very highly of the Bandit 1200, but based on how readily the SV650 outsells the Bandit 600, I think the big Bandit's days would be numbered if an SV1000 materializes.



However, the B-12's demise could persuade Suzuki to import the GSF1400, a tasty consolation prize for Bandit lovers in mourning.
 

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Re: SV1000?

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.
 

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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.
 
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