Excellent article! I own the Busa and do figure its been due for someone to up the ante. My ride on the ZX also indicated it was more aimed at the sport tour and less the canyons or tracks. Personally, I hope that when (if) Suzuki comes back with their response to the ZX14 they dont give up the Busas character. The ZX had a ton of go, but the power didnt have much character, the bikes lines are much like a growing number of sport touring machines. Ill admit the Busas notchy shifting could go away, the brake-tech could be updated, and theres a reason for aftermarket instrument panel parts, but the grumbling edgy feel of engine gives character and feel to the machine, the unique shape while likely due an update is still very likely the wind tunnel winner, and defines a unique motorcycle. I do hope Suzuki responds and I hope the keep the character of the Hayabusa, itd be nice if looked over at Triumph and noticed that character is a important as handling and power.
The humor here is that the ZX looks and feels like it will be more of a pain to BMW than Suzuki. Fast, smooth, and comfortable, put a cup-holder, bags, and antiskid brakes on the ZX and therell be a whole new kind of bike war! Hyper-Yuppie-Bike!