Join Date: May 2015
Location: West Dorset, UK
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Here's some thoughts
UK Prices :-
Suzuki ABS £9.5 k
It looks like the Suzuki is about 10bhp down on the others (20 on KTM), as there are a number of reports that it is showing a real 160 bhp at the crank and around 145-150 at the back wheel (wait until the tuning industry gets their fingers on it too !).
I read a report in MCN also, where they unsurprisingly rated the KTM at the top, but it costs about 4-5k more. This is no small sum.
I know I'm biased, I ordered the Suzuki, it made me grin like a complete loon ! But come on, it costs £9.5k for the ABS naked, it's a no-nonsense bike, uncomplicated, fast and most importantly fun. Servicing will be simple and inexpensive compared to the others. I got a quote of £165 on the insurance for a year. I spent the extra 500 for the faired version, but the naked is also great.
It just, if they are going to do a comparison, sure - compare to a Z1000SX, but stick with bikes around the same price range.