You want to build an "LE" and jack the price up $5,000? Then install Magnesium Marchesini's, REAL Brembo calipers, a Brembo MC and a TTX rear shock on it. THEN you have a special bike that is worthy of the additional costs.
Sign me up, Bunky. That's a good deal. $6000 worth of stuff (at discounted prices, retail is a lot higher) for 5 grand. In fact, let's just skip the new bike part of the deal. I'll tell you which bike I want the parts for and you can sell them to me by themselves. I'll take a couple sets. Of course, I want free shipping with that.
I'm guessing you didn't go to business school.
You guys are being too harsh on Yoshimura. They've built complete bikes before, both here and in Japan. Some you've heard of, some you probably haven't. The photos above show one of them, although most of the photos are of one of the race bikes from Japan, which has doodly squat to do with the limited production streetbikes they built in the same era. Some of these bikes were pretty exotic and had price tags to match. They sold them all but most of you will never see one in person. There aren't a lot of people with that kind of cash burning a hole in their pocket. I have a lot of friends in the bike business and their average customer doesn't have enough income to even consider buying a bike, but they do it anyway. The kid's shoes can come later. Spend much time at a dealership and you'll see what I mean.
If you want a real performance bike, they'll sell you one. Just wait until they decide to replace their AMA superbikes and buy one of the old ones. Won't be cheap, but they will be fast...
Or, call them up and ask them to build you a motor. They'd be happy to do that. Just tell them it's for a race bike, so big brother doesn't get excited. You see, it's getting a lot harder to modify bikes legally. You really can't, thus the "off road use only" disclaimer on most of the parts sales. It worked for a long time but the industry is getting a lot of heat now. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that most aftermarket parts end up on a streetbike. Do you think they could advertise for sale a fully-built hot-rod bike, which wouldn't be legal anywhere in the US? Dream on, puppy...
So let's throw some wheels and brakes on the thing. Not kosher either, plus you have to worry about the lawsuit that will be coming from the first fucking squid that wads one. Mag wheels aren't really good on the street, plus they do change the handling characteristics of the bike. It's all good if you know what you are doing but that doesn't describe the average rider. You can make a similar argument for the brakes. Somewhere, someday, some idiot will get in over his head and the lawyer will blame the modifications. That's how it works in our shitty little society.
If you find the price too high, don't buy one.
Want to buy a BMW instead? Go ahead. Then you can whine on the BMW forums and I won't have to read about it. I've owned a few products from the Bavarians over the years and I've learned that I don't want to own another. Maybe your luck will be better than mine.
Personally, I'm just patiently waiting for the next generation of GSX-R to pop out of Hammamatsu. I'm hoping that Suzuki will fix the things that have kept Suzuki from winning on the track the last couple of years. Yeah, it might be that the streetbike will suffer a bit (either in the way it runs, or what it costs) but that's a small price to pay for kicking Yamaha's ass in the USA, or essentially every other brand on the world stage. After all, Suzuki is really in the racing business and the streetbikes are just a side line, you know. I'll just wait quietly, like Yoshimura is doing, and wait for things to improve. We thought it would be this year, but I guess not. Maybe 2014 is looking good.