Precisely! The smart manufacturers produce what the customers want. The dumb ones say, "This is all we've got, so take your pick". The customer will take their pick all right....... they'll pick a competitors product.
Even if it were true that Kaw could only justify producing two touring style bikes, they would do a lot better producing the 1200 (at the size and weight of the current 900) and the 1700. For every one sale that they would lose because the larger engine bike cost pennies more per day for fuel and insurance, they would gain 10 sales because of the much better performance of a mid-weight touring bike with big bike performance.
This is a ridicules self serving statement,
they would do a lot better producing the 1200 (at the size and weight of the current 900
2 engine sizes, one has 4 models, the other has 3 ... they recently dropped 2 engine sizes, the 500 and the 1600 .... for obvious reasons. How many is enough.
It is conclusive that you can never appease a 100% of the people all of the time.
Smart companies go for mass sales ... not trying to make minority purchasers happy.
You want a 1200 ... the next guy says, why have a 1200 when a 1300 has more power. Its the dog chasing is own tail syndrome.
Yamaha has down sized its range (no 650) and i suspect the 1100 is on its way out as well.
If you think multiple bikes in the range is a great idea .... just ask GM ... multiple cars in multiple models in multiple brands went far from creating them success.
HD has had more chapter 11's than most companies have hot dinners .. i doubt if their business model is the road map to business success.
Think your in the majority ... this is the first post on the forum that i have seen regarding no 1200cc model which leads me to surmise that, while some have comments on the matter, it is not really a sales issue for Kawasaki.
Romans posts are right on the money ... its all about business costs vs profit vs sales., and I'm sure the Kawasaki marketing group has considered all the profitable options.
BTW .. congrats on the "9" ... your post came up during the typing of this reply.