I see you're an engineer. That explains your perspective. Product engineers are often at odds with their company's marketing and accounting departments. They just like to "engineer" stuff without much regard for whether it makes economic sense for the company. Could Suzuki make the product better or include more features? Of course. But successful products are rarely about being the "best" or the most feature-packed and more about finding the right balance of price and features for their target customer. The fact that you actually bought one of their motorcycles without all the features you claim to want indicates that Suzuki was successful in finding the right balance. Suzuki DOES listen--The loudest message they hear from us
V-Strom types is that we're a cheap bunch!
Thanks for your input.
You are correct in saying Iím an engineer. In fact Iím the Director of Engineering for the largest manufacturer of garden furniture in the world.... no joke! I spend my entire day trying to design-engineer products and features in the most cost-effective way possible, while still offering customers complete satisfaction. So I think I am reasonably well qualified to know what can be achieved at a decent price which will make a product be superior to its competitorsí.
I would argue that (for example) quite a large majority of owners will not buy a Suzuki centre-stand, but instead will buy from another usually cheaper source. So the dealer isnít usually losing out on his accessory sales (mine didnít even give me the option - but thatís another story)!
My point was, when we watch bike reviews, and in particular multi-bike comparisons, usually the bikes are in a similar price range. But if one has all the bells and whistles already fitted, itís going to shine!
What percentage of us want (or have already fitted) a centrestand? 95%? More?
Read the wind buffeting threads. In particular look at the excellent Madstad screen adjustment bracket. Suzuki could fit something similar for $10!!! Thatís how much it would cost them!
Just about every single adv bike review I watch at some stage makes comments about screen adjustment ease.
Itís all about adding value.... as we say in the trade, a mugs eyeful!
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