Originally Posted by opmike
I really don't understand all the outrage about the design. All adventure bikes are just varying degrees of ugly, and for me, that's part of the charm in some way.
The only thing I'd like to see done differently are a change to dual headlights for both light output and to keep the V-Strom look, and something needs to be done about those passenger pegs. It looks like they'd get bent in a tip over from that head-on shot. Personally, I'd like to see the exhaust hanger/passenger pegs designed as bolt-on components, and not welded to the subframe.
Twilight's photochop was really well done, and I'd like to see something along those lines for the production unit.
The 'concept' front end looks all marketing led, rather than utility led.
It is what is is: MS1200 sells, so make a MS1200-a-like front end. Voila, sales gold!
I guess if you have to hit quarterly sales-targets, then you will latch on to whatever sold well last quarter for your competitor?
Dealers/techs might do well from riders who do 12,000+ miles a year, but for the manufacturers I really doubt they give a fig once the warranty is up.