Originally Posted by ahhhwhereditgo
The sales I don't think would change,even if the 750 does outsell currently. There will be more 600s and 1000s that's all. Like I said its an awkward bike, a race bike you can't race. Or at the very least a race bike that contributes nothing to the bigger picture of the corporation.
It makes them money, the primary goal of any corporation.
They outsell mainly because I think they are viewed as a "manly" 600. People feel they want more then a 600.. for some reason, but don't think they can handle/need a 1000. If it simply weren't available I don't think it would be terribly missed.
Tell that to the legions of die hard 750 fans that buy them.
It's like hearing how much easier a 750 is around town..lol...I thinks is placebo. Theres plenty of bottom end in 600s today for around town.
A lot of people think riding a 600 around town isn't as much fun as a 750 or 1000.
Plus let's say there's no R&D for the 750..
the logistics and production costs to simply stock and manufacture the parts is reasonably high. The military is kind of proof of this. A lot of vehicles and aircraft are being designed for universal parts. You can cut storage, quantity, and production costs greatly by offering a smaller variety of parts.
They already do this. Many of the 600 and 750 parts are interchangeable.
Offer 2 engines and its much cheaper then 3, even if you produce the same total amount.
You're assuming no change in demand, which is probably a poor assumption.
As far as the gsxr is concerned I say screw ergos. Its a sport bike line up. The F4i is a sport touring bike. Make a full on twin race alternative to the 4s.
And I have nothing against or want to see the 750 go, just think its a viable thought to change the line up a bit. Id take a twin over a 750 anyway.
Suzuki makes several twins already. They don't make a full on twin superbike anymore but it's a great engineering exercise to try and make a twin with a linear-ish powerband that even sniffs the horsepower numbers of an I-4 with equal displacement.
The last iteration TL 1000 made a little less horsepower than the 750, weighed 75 lbs more and was more expensive.
An affordable Japanese priced comptetive twin I would even consider saying would outsell a 750. A twin 848 would replace the need for the 750 anyway for the guys wanting a middleweight with bottom end..and probably do it better. And they can get it on atleast an AMA grid
I personally prefer the power delivery of an I-4 for a track bike. Since you're in the top 3rd of the tach at all times, low end grunt doesn't matter as much. I'd argue an 848 twin would be a better street bike than a 750 I-4.