Originally Posted by coast range rider
A generation ago, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, and Kawasaki flooded the U.S. with cheap, reliable, easy to service, practical motorcycles, which performed close enough or better than their higher dollar Euro counterparts.
In 2010, Ducati introduced the $20K Multistrada. Look at it's electronics, hp, suspension travel, and weight. Since then the Japanese have had 3 years to introduce their copy. But nothing from them compares. Anywhere, not just in the U.S.
The U.S. market demanded sport bikes and cruisers from Japan. Japan still has not recovered.
how many multistradas have sold again? and why, exactly, are bikes like the versys 650 and 1k not enough like a multistrada?
you're talking like the big four are hurting - they aren't.