Originally Posted by Motorcyclist
I would hate to see this, but I wonder if this is the beginning of the inevitable consolidation of the big 4. It seems like they could easily shrink to two or three manufacturers and not adversely impact the choice for the consumer. I mean how many options of inline 4 sportbikes and v-twin clone cruisers do you really need?
It would be painful to see Suzuki and Kawasaki cease production, but I can't help think that day is not too far in the future. Their lack of racing support is just another insight into their core issues.
A few years ago, it looked like there would at least be cooperation between Kawasaki and Suzuki - they developed a couple of models together - but nothing seemed to come of it, and Suzuki was adament that there would be no sharing regarding their superbikes.