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post #1 of 18 Old 10-10-2007, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
 
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Suzuki - How About Turning the Industry Upside Down?

Dear Suzuki of North America,

Have you ever thought of putting the motorcycle industry on it's collective ear? How about taking the lead and coming up with something that would revolutionize the industry and put you at the forefront?

For more information, take a look at some of the things you do in your automotive division.

How many of your automotive style vehicles are a "one size fits all" design? I think the answer to that is "ZERO"! All have adjustable seats at the very least. How many of your motorcycles have adjustable seat height? Remember, not all humans are created equal in size, shape and weight. You seem to do an excellent job on the automotive side, but continue to be lacking on the motorcycle side.

One of the things that has been missing from the motorcycle dealership for many years is one that has been available on cars / trucks for as long as I can remember. That would be the "OPTIONS LIST"

As an example, on your SX4 Crossover model, you offer things like "Convenience Package" and also "Touring Package".

Now, let's take one of your motorcycles, one that is near and dear to my heart and explore how this could be implemented. Before we begin, let me preface this by saying I would not mind paying more for the motorcycle with the selected accessories installed on it. It saves me both time and money by doing this during the purchase of the vehicle. Besides, by doing so, it would cut down on the use of raw materials to produce "throw away" items such as seats or windshields.

For 2009, please give me the choice of a standard V-Strom, one for long distance touring and one that is more off road oriented.

Long distance ("Touring Package") could include such items as heated seat, heated grips, controlable ducts from engine to warm the feet, a larger alternator to power driving lights, heated gloves, boots and vests. XM radio, Navigation package and ABS could also be included in this package.

Off Road Package ("Adventure Package") could include some of the same items as the "Touring Package" but also such things as different gear ratios, engine and body protection, more suspension travel and ground clearance. Perhaps even a choice of upgraded suspension.

To me the V-Strom (either version) is a well thought out motorcycle. It is one that has captured a very large following of loyal customers. I already know what my next motorcycle will be, as long as you are producing the V-Strom when I'm ready for my next purchase. It would be so much sweeter if I had my choices up front, just like I do when purchasing an automobile.

So, how about taking the bull by the horns and provide us with the "Adventure Sport Enduro" bike that is the classiest one around? Take the time, and bring up a bike with user definable extra-cost options.

Like I said, you would set the motorcycle industy on it's collective ear!

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post #2 of 18 Old 10-10-2007, 11:31 AM
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Hey FL_Strom,

I guess the aluminum foil on my windows has not prevented you from reading my mind.

I'm fantasizing that Suzuki is delaying the DL1000 in the USA to maximize the effect of such a strategery.

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Here, here. I feel the very same way. May drive me to another brand when it is time to replace the Strom. Option packages are really in everybody's best interest. We all win, the dealer makes more profit, the consumner gets what they want and the manufacturer sells more bikes. Win win. Thanks for posting this thread.

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Dear Suzuki of North America,
Have you ever thought of putting the motorcycle industry on it's collective ear? How about taking the lead and coming up with something that would revolutionize the industry and put you at the forefront?

Last time I looked Suzuki was a Japanese company. Japanese companies do not innovate that follow trends and rely on their ability to produce those trends better and cheaper.
If you are serious address your post to a European company. In fact just buy a BMW you can have virtually everything you want from them and them get laughed at because they offer all those accessories.
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I believe they offer packages like this in Europe. I have seen people on other V-Strom forums saying they bought the "Touring" package.

"Since I am about as mechanically inclined as a Sea Otter (which means I can use hard things to smash open softer ones), I was delightfully surprised when the bike started and ran perfectly after the PCIII install."

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Build an adventure version of the Wee with a better suspension, lower gearing(14T front sprocket), spoked wheels w/TKC80s, a skid plate and beefy engine/fairing guards, and a slightly larger fuel tank, say...8 gallons. And keep the price under $8k. BMW killer...guaranteed.
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post #7 of 18 Old 10-11-2007, 11:17 AM
 
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One of the best ideas ever! Give us options! I especially like the seat height option. I would choose the tallest every time.
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K1W1,

Not only have I lived amongst the Japanese while stationed there back in the late 60's and early 70's, but I worked with them during the 80's on some product development work.

One of the reasons I made the statement, "Have you ever thought of putting the motorcycle industry on it's collective ear? How about taking the lead and coming up with something that would revolutionize the industry and put you at the forefront?" is that I do understand their thinking and the way they do product development.

So, it would truly set the motorcycle industry on it's collective ear if a Japanese motorcycle company would do what I suggested.

Besides, one of the features I've never heard of from anyone that owns a BMW is customer satisfaction. I have many friends that ride BMW's and they are looking for other motorcycles because of that.
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post #9 of 18 Old 10-12-2007, 04:02 AM
 
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Dear Suzuki,

Trimming down BMW GS sales? Everybody everywhere thinks your the company to do it, but you don't. Inverted forks, 10 inches travel with optional seats for tall and short riders, frame under engine to bolt on a solid bash plate and and more gas under the seat for longer touring and adventuring. We can do the rest. We all know Kawasaki, Honda and Yamaha don't want to hurt BMW, but you sure could. Would shock the world, all of us and BMW.

Everywhere I go, whoever has a Vee always says something like....."Suzuki could wipe out GS sales overnight, but probably never will try to".

Since 1980 BMW Motorrad has sold approximately 170,000 units of the GS Boxer to customers the world over. Most of that could be Vee sales. If for nothing else, it makes good sense money wise. Look what you did with your Hayabusa! No one can compete with that bike and it soon will be in my stable.. not because I want to ride that fast, but just the appreciation that Suzuki pulled out all the stops and created something so special. How about the Hayabusa engineers having a go at the Vee and giving BMW something to talk about.

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post #10 of 18 Old 10-13-2007, 06:41 AM
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Hey suzuki, forget all this mumbo jumbo...

Try getting my Fuel Injection to work right without a $300 PCIII... the surging is getting old.

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