It's hard to touch that subject without being political. I've evolved to just ignoring it in the main forum and paying attention to it with my personal wallet.
Have to admit that I really do like the looks of the Mini Vee, that's actually one of the reasons why I took a 3½ hour winter drive (the morning after a snow storm) into Chicago. It was in the back of my mind that even though it had been launched as a 250, with Suzuki pulling the plug on the old GS500 a 500cc model "had to be" available, sadly "nope".
Yup, that's what the sales guy said at the Suzuki booth, and I get it - why build a new bike when one already exists? The problem is that for the US market a 250 just won't do on our freeways. So how about punching it out to something large enough that offers a decent amount of torque? With 300cc machines showing up in this class it's clear that a quarter liter machine will come up short.It's engine size is also intended for the huge Asian market where "real" motorbikes are few and far between. Some of the Versys 300 facebook sites have a very large Asian following.
Have to admit that I did catch a ride on a CB500x (neighbors bike), that size and power was pretty good and if Suzuki had that motor in the Mini Vee I'd own one (really!!). Maybe if they offered something before KTM releases their 490 I'll go that route, after all I already have 2 KTM dirt bikes in the garage.
"I suspect even the Chinese offerings like the CSC RX4, or the RE Himalayan are better motorcycles." At least until the warranty runs out.+1
Seems like Suzuki USA made a good decision not to import that one. Versys X300 is a much better bike. I suspect even the Chinese offerings like the CSC RX4, or the RE Himalayan are better motorcycles.