Pretty much true on all accounts... I would not buy it if I was looking for a true 919 replacement. in fact if I still had a 919 and was looking to "replace it", I'd probably be looking more at the FZ-09 (or more to my taste lately the fj-09) but the only real reason there would be the gains in Tech (because I think the Yaami -09 are about in the same ball park as far as weight goes, although they may be slightly lighter). Honda has not really made anything that stirs my heart and made me feel like I have to have one of their bikes since they produced the 919. I think the only thing they could produce right now that would perk my eyebrows up is a modern variant of the Hawk GT with a more adequate power plant. Suzuki has not been afraid to dig into the way back machine with their new and improved SV650. Honda take a frickin hint. Even if they chose not to go with a V-twin, I think I could be happy with a motor out of the 599 Hornet, combined with some nice USD front shocks (which they already had the last couple years...). Mix in a nice round headlight bucket, a rear SSSA and a healthy dose of TC and ABS, and wrap it around a properly sized gas tank, like a 5 gallon unit similar to the Hornet.... Mmmmm MMMM MMMM, Honda would have my money. I think it would be cool to have a garage full of Hawks, both old and new, lol... Then again I guess I'm silly that way.
88 Blue Hawk (NT650) Project Pics - http://tinyurl.com/clw8h3q
2000 DL650 - Being ridden but make me an offer if interested...
2002 DL1000 V-Strom