Originally Posted by nachtflug
they painted themselves into a corner with that thing. to change concedes it didn't deliver. the numbers don't lie they are way below %20 in the entry/results columns which is a reasonable expectation of market share giving KTM 1/5 of the 450 pie. Suzuki was supposed to be the brand on shaky ground they didn't even bring new bikes into the US in 2011 was it?
except the MX bikes. plenty of them out there and they seem to hold their own. Yamaha needs to admit it wasn't such a great idea and move on.
It wasnt that long ago that it was a big deal if a KTM could just qualify for an SX main event,they have come a long ways in a short while.
They might not be the best bike out there now but they're improving.
Probably dirtbike sales dont justify Yamaha doing a complete re-design but their 450 has had too many top riders pan it to be seen as a great bike.
Suzuki hasnt changed their bike much but it works fine still.