If we do this throw your ideas out there, but keep in mind I don't think they are looking for a 1000RR without fairings and with handlebars. The 9er was originally conceived as a relatively "inexpensive" machine with low budget suspension, steel frame, and rehashed motor.
I can start with:
$9K - 10K MSRP
Rear suspension - preload and compression damping WITH A LINKED suspension
Front - preload, compression and rebound. USD.
"Conventional" sportbike framed. Do away with the steel backbone.
Keep the rear grabrail, or some way to have luggage attachment points.
Move the fuggin horn under the triple trees and give it some more beef.
Keep the tach and speedo analog.
Hasbeenracer, you need to be our liason man! Do us proud.
So if I understand you correctly, you want a 1000RR without all the plastic and handlebars.
The question was asked why the FZ1 sells while the 919 sits -- simple: it has a fairing and a narrower powerband which makes it feel faster. Every magazine comparison between the two listed the 919's lack of a fairing as a major downside, which simply tells me those test riders are a bunch of wimps! Seriously, having ridden the FZ1 and followed one on a twisty road where I swear I could see the rear wheel deflect coming out of corners, I can say I'm thououghly unimpressed with its handling, power delivery, weight, and frame design. Oh, the fairing is fairly protective, and it looks fancy, but I would be disappointed if Honda followed that route.
What I'm looking for is a full litre motor with a continuation of the miles wide powerband, a taller 6th "touring gear", a slightly beefed up steel chassis while showing as little of it as possible, keeping the "sit up and beg" riding position, very little or no fairing, as light as possible, improved attachment points for cargo handling, A FULL TOOL KIT!!!!, two helmet locks that are worth a damn, front brakes that don't squeal/howl (DUH!), and plain jane adjustable suspension. They can do pretty much what they want with the styling without going too outlandish, hell, give it to the Italians in this department -- they do a fine job in this regard. Oh, and keep it well under 10 grand.
No sweat. I certainly would like to see what Honda has in mind for the next version first hand, but since I bought used they don't know I exist, so that's unlikely. Hasbeenracer, the ball's in your court -- post opinions and pictures as soon as possible.