VER­DICT ‘It’s all down to di­ver­sity...’

MICHAEL NEEVES SE­NIOR ROAD TESTER

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Road Test -

We’ve lis­tened to MCN read­ers on­line and spo­ken to sev­eral deal­ers to find out why these sen­sa­tional ma­chines aren’t sell­ing in their droves.

For the Du­cati, it’s ob­vi­ous: it’s an ex­pen­sive, sin­gle-minded ma­chine, per­fect for mad dashes through the coun­try­side on a sunny Sun­day and lit­tle else. It’s a bit of fun on the side for the well-healed, who have a main bike in their garage.

The Suzuki suf­fers from the per­cep­tion that all 600s are highly strung pocket rock­ets, but the GSX-R600 is ev­ery inch a big bike with an even big­ger heart. It’s also bat­tling with its 750cc big sis­ter and fall­ing be­hind in the tech­nol­ogy stakes com­pared to ri­vals.

Aprilia have more is­sues to over­come. We all know that lit­tle com­pares to an RSV4 RF at full flight and it comes with one of the best en­gines, chas­sis and elec­tron­ics pack­ages in the busi­ness. But many sim­ply don’t have the con­fi­dence to buy one, un­less there’s the re­as­sur­ance of a life­time guar­an­tee, which deal­ers like Wheels can of­fer.

But in gen­eral there’s now more two-wheeled choice out there and more to bik­ing than just sports­bikes, no mat­ter what size or shape they are. There are any num­ber of sporty ad­ven­ture bikes, tour­ers, ret­ros and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. We’ve never had such mouth-wa­ter­ing di­ver­sity, which means the days of bikes like these be­ing big sell­ers are over.

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