Good observation.Where's the backrest?
That's actually my dealer and I have the first 2014 pre-ordered WHEN it arrives sometime in 2014! They do NOT have a 2014 in stock. I was a bit sketchy on the matte paint but seeing the color in person (on the 2013 400) I really love it. It really catches the light differently than the gloss paint. I am concerned about the care though.... you can't just buff out a scratch.Oh goody, flat gray, now it will look even more like the asphalt your riding on.
It's interesting that they have one in stock. When I ask my dealer about them he said they would not even be able to order them until this month and did not expect any deliveries until after the first of the year.
It took them so long to finally release the 2013,that they should have just waited and called it a 2014.Suzuki really slacked on the burgman[/QUOTE
Obviously 2013 was available in Asia, Europe much before USA, because USA so much smaller market, it only drop in a bucket as you say, which why many other country still have Executive model available and it come with heated seat and grip as standard equipment, we still have it here also. Market penetration an % make all difference.
I would have been happy with my 650 Executive without the backrest and saved a little on the MRSP. I knew from the time I purchased it that a top box was going on it. I already had the top box, just had to order the rack mount. My backrest (sans the pad which another rider here on BurgmanUSA needed) is out in my garage. The only time period that my backrest was used was the time it took for my rack mount to come in (about a week).Good observation.
Back in 07 they dropped the backrest on the 400. Cost me an extra two bills for it.
I Suppose this is another way to jack up the sales without increasing the the Msrp. The 650 is a two up vehicle, customers are gonna want something for their passengers (wives mostly. Who's gonna tell the dealer "No, I don't need any security of comfort for my wife. She'll just hang on" when he brings up the options)