Speak for yourself, it speaks to me just fine. The KTM will have plenty of other things that I am sure will not excite you, especially when it breaks down or you need dealer support. Yes the European gourmet ADV bikes have great brakes and suspension, but plenty of other things can tarnish that real quick.
Funny that you mentioned dealer support.
Yesterday I took the the bike to my private mechanic for a service. He is 40 minutes away from my house. I live in northern NJ, not the middle of nowhere exactly, and yet the two Suzuki dealers that existed here shut down last year. If Suzuki (and Japanese motorcycles in general) were such a hot commodity, one would expect another dealer to take over.
But what do you know, the KTM dealer is not far away from me and seems to be doing business just fine.
KTM had an amazing sales year, world wide but in the USA as well.
They are opening new dealerships quickly and expanding.
Uh-Oh BMW, KTM Had Its Best Sales-Year Ever in 2012
"Seeing 32% growth in its worldwide market, thanks in part to a 15% increase in the United States
, as well as strong sales in India, KTM is rapidly transforming itself from a boutique brand and into a juggernaut in the motorcycle industry
There are other sites that can show you the same facts.
Suzuki used to be bold and daring. But now they are just re-using the same 10-15 year old formula instead of generating some new designs.
KTM could have taken the 996 and make it better, lighter, stronger etc.
Instead they looked at the market, put Ducati on their cross hairs and made a phenomenal bike that has the potential to be their best seller ever.
Aprilia also looked at the market and came out with a wonderful ADV bike, that too has a v-twin racing engine in its heart.
I like Suzuki since I was a child, and have nothing against the company, but one must try to apply critical thinking.
Surely there will be some people buying the new DL1000, maybe even many, but I don't see this model taking Suzuki into the next level.
They have neglected R&D in the last years, have no presence in MotoGP (Maybe 2015, who knows?), insignificant presence in World Superbike (remember that some ADV engines come from WSBK), and no impact in Dakar.
The DL650 is a much better seller for Suzuki, and there is a reason for that - it is much cheaper with almost the same components as the DL1000.
I can't see the new DL1000 competing with the new ADV bikes, and I can see the 800cc bikes (and soon Yamaha 900cc triple ADV) competing with it aggressively with their modern engines and design, weight, and probably better pricing.