Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Model: none at present
It is undeniably a bagger, which will be a turnoff to some. At least it does not have a v-twin and a batwing fairing like the Kawasaki Vaquero, which is the most blatant Harley copy I have seen so far. I wish they had kept the trunk, and gotten rid of the fairing altogether and replaced it with a windshield. Storage space is needed on a touring bike, and it looks like a plain windshield would have offered as much protection as the fairing. My understanding is that it has very little in the way of gadgets, bit it does have a stereo, which I wouldn't want or need. They did put styling on top of functionality in many areas, but that type of thing sells. I personally would have preferred a very basic non cruiser type touring bike, ala the 1980 Interstate. Unfortunately that style is gone, and just like new cars no longer look like cars to me, most new motorcycles do not look like motorcycles anymore either. To me Honda's new 700X is the ugliest thing I have ever seen with 2 wheels.
I do like the new Honda CB1100 however. It to is not perfect, but looks more like a real motorcycle than anything else Honda has, and it can probably be set up for touring. I would like to see Triumph take a stab at building a "traditional" touring bike. With the exception of the tiny Suzuki TU250, their Bonneville is the only standard styled motorcycle sold in the U.S., and for some reason they call it "retro" To me it is just a motorcycle looking like what a motorcycle should look like.
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