This is terrible news, where I am going to get spare parts for my Harley? Also all the Runes are in the States, wonder if they would start making them in Japan. Crappy news like this can easily spoil the whole day.
The Daytona 955i is way up on my list of Cool bikes. Anticipation of a even cooler 1050 version is a big part of why I haven't got the 955i yet. The 955i is going to be a tough act to follow with all its strengths. I'd be happy with suspension/brake upgrades using the 955i as a base but I don't see that happening. I see a used modified 955i in my future.
According to some sources, this is exactly what Triumph intends to do. The 1300 (or whatever it will eventually become) is being tweaked to compete with the new Concours, not the ZX-14/Hayabusa hypersport-touring class.
I'd guess that this bike is not the replacement for the D955i. But it is a smart move considering a lot of development money was spent on the Hurricane project.
The only problem I see is that the Hurricane was a 4-pot, developed just before Triumph's "triple manefesto." I'd have to assume any new bike will have a three-cylinder, not a four.