I would love tubular bars on my '16. Way more options for easy accessory mounts. I just want to be able to mount a GoPro without 3M sticky tape or putting stuff on my helmet.The bad:
1. Not a big fan of the R1 headlights but the styling is otherwise non-offensive.
2. I've never liked the tubular handlebars of the GSXS series, and this one doesn't convince me otherwise. Just cheapens the look of the bike, but again, not horrible.
3. No center stand, but neither does the N1k.
a. A proper ST subframe... finally.
b. Stock exhaust can that isn't a potato cannon. Looks sleek enough, I might not need aftermarket can.
c. That glorious K5 mill! I like that engine a whole lot better than the N1k.
d. Wide frame-mounted mirrors. Will to see in person, but my guess is very usable.
e. 5gal fuel tank.
This is one bike I've been very interested in ever since Suzi let out the rumors of its existence. It's what the originaly GSX-S1000F shoul've have been. Better later than never. Without a test ride, I'd say it's not spectacular enough for me to want to rush out and trade in my N1k, but it definitely is on top of my shortlist when the time comes.
Now this is something I agree with. Now it's Yamaha's turn to step up to the plate with a fully-faired MT-10 and for Honda to bring back the Interceptor with 1,000 cc's, no VTEC, and a minimum 150 bhp. It would be cool if Aprilia, BMW, and Triumph did the same thing. And don't ask me what Ducati was thinking when they decided the Supersport 950 should only have 115 bph. I don't get that.I'm glad to see more competition in the ST market. Good job, Suzuki for bringing this to market when the new 'Busa will likely flop.
All Yamaha would have to do to take control of the ST market is put the VMax engine in a capable chassis, god dam cue tips be runnin ****.Now this is something I agree with. Now it's Yamaha's turn to step up to the plate with a fully-faired MT-10 and for Honda to bring back the Interceptor with 1,000 cc's, no VTEC, and a minimum 150 bhp. It would be cool if Aprilia, BMW, and Triumph did the same thing. And don't ask me what Ducati was thinking when they decided the Supersport 950 should only have 115 bph. I don't get that.
If the Busa bombs it isn't because it's a bad bike. Back when they were selling in high numbers, I think it's because people were attracted to that magical 200 bhp number (and if they had to get a large bike with 1,300 cc's, so be it). The problem with that now is that most (if not all) liter bikes are at 200+ bhp (and the new Busa is still there).
Additionally I think the size and weight of that motor would be an issue. To me the idea of a sport tourer is something that is relatively light and agile.. Would be hard to do with a 1.7 liter V4.Before settling on an N1K, I looked at a number of bikes (one of which was the VMAX). When testing it, motojournalists were reporting an average range of about 83 miles. No joke. With a 4 gallon tank, that comes out to about 21 mpg (dismal for a motorcycle). I read that, when merely cruising, it was averaging only 28 mpg (and when constantly riding hard, about 15 mpg was common). I supposed that's expected for a massive 1.7L V4.