You do not address PRICE POINT, eparker202.the justification would be increase kawi's share of the market by taking away from bmw and triumphs sales with a klr powered by an engine that is closer in performance.
and an FI thumper would prolly be justified by meeting upcoming stricter emissions standards. Think FI ninja 250 and Klx250 in europe.
Obviously its prolly not going to happen, hence the "hoping" in my first post, but i believe there really is possibility there. BMW doesnt have this all amazing suspension in their g650s and f650s. Its your everyday non adjustable front fork and preload and rebound adjustable rear suspension (sound familiar?). And if anyone has ever seen or been on a g650 its about the size of a 125cc dirt bike. Anyways, the g650 has 48 crank hp and the f650 has 71, but both have FI. If kawi was to put the versys motor in a klr they could sell it for around 7000 without any problems (ninja 650 is 7200 and versys is 7600 msrp with 500 off right now and both of these bikes have more expensive equipment, brakes, suspension at least on the versys). So you are getting 60 rear wheel hp from your new klr and you can sell it for 1700 less than a base g650 and 4700 less than a f650s. Besides the most snobby of individuals i would say the klr has increased its market share.
EXCEPTIONALLY valid point!Dual sport bikes are a very small percentage of motorcyle sales so there's not much incentive there.
Dual Sport vs total motorcycle sales, not just klr sales. Here are the numbers thru 2011...
Dual Sport 15,876 Units
Off Road 37,123 Units
Street Bikes 187,565 Units
Scooter 18,198 Units
Totals 258,762 Units
15,876/258,762 = 0.061x100 = 6.1%