Re: Suzuki Automobiles Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
Suzuki is cutting off the gangrene arm so the rest of the body can live. Businesses do this all the time.
That said, it is very unlikely that I will be buying a Suzuki product for my next bike. I need two motorcycles in the coming years, a multi cylinder adventure bike and another bottle rocket sport bike. I've already had a TL motor in my Bimota so I don't want more of the same in a V-Strom, and I already have a kick ass inline 4 with my K5 1000. My next sport bike will be 'different', and not another product evolution of the 1970s plastic robot toys that the GSXR line has become. Yamaha's next R1 and R6 will be cross-plane 3 cylinders, Honda is going to be selling a 4 cylinder superbike to replace the CBR. Adding traction control, ABS, and another 5hp isn't going to save the GSXR1000. Retail prices for Japanese bikes are now too close to choose yet-another-4-cylinder-sportbike. The retail on a base model panigale or S1000RR, or RSV4 over the cost of a retail Yamaha R1 is only about the cost of a good full titanium exhaust.... What would you have, a slow bike with a pipe, or a really fast one with nice components?