529 pounds...... no thanks.
And there it is ........
Living in New Zealand with plenty of unsealed roads that take you to some of the worlds most spectacular scenery, lakes and rivers, the 'adventure' bikes should be the biggest sellers here.
Suzuki V-stroms sell reasonably well.
I for one have no interest in them for the following reasons:
They are bloody ugly, part of my attraction with a motorcycle is visual - engine, wheels, me and hopefully some interesting bits in between. While it may preform well I'd have no pride in parking it where I could see it. And YES - I could design a much more attractive adventure bike.
In the event one wants to ride the back roads (Fire roads in the USA?) surely you want to reduce weight on the bike - after all that's what they spend a fortune on each model year on the trail bikes. There is no way I want to be on board some thing that weight going sideways.
Ability. Lets face it - they are really average road bikes built to look a bit like a big arse trail bike. IMO I'd be better off bending up a kick-arse looking alloy bash plate for the underside of the 9er and finding some suitably size trail tyres or wheels to fit. Fit some wide, high trail bars and off I go.
To summarize, to me it is the bike I never wanted with the inability to do what I may be interested in.
C+ for effort maybe.
Now Honda take that V4 engine and make a friggen good looking real naked bike.