It's got a sixth gear so it will sell.
I'm sure Mother Honda knows better than me, but after years of anticipation and a pre-deposit at two dealers, I feel clinical depression settling in. Just to set the record straight, I've spent countless hours of excitement perusing the possibilities over more than a few years now, and I've owned a new 1100, 1500, and 1800. Been riding for 46 years, to include regular track days on a GSXR. I've been hair triggered to place my order first thing tomorrow morning.
In order of concerns---
First- No appreciable increase in power, other than apparently some midrange improvement. See link: https://ultimatemotorcycling.com/201...11-fast-facts/
Second- Huge cargo reduction
Third- Smaller passenger seat
Fourth- Obnoxious sound
Fifth- Ya I know, 22% increase in mpg which is very impressive, no doubt, but did they really have to reduce weight and profile by knocking off a gallon of gas?
Where are the real crash guards, not the "engine bender assists" I notice, aftermarket be damned. My 1800 is a snap to pickup after an inadvertent parking lot tipover, will this one also do that?
All the other advances are surely expected and I'm sure the handling is awesome, just sayin.............
I've just graduated from years of 1. When can I finally put in an order? I can't stand the anticipation!!! 2. Now I'm not so sure. 3. Time to pull my deposit. 4. Guess old trusty 1800 will be around for quite awhile.
The only thing that could change my mind now would be proof of significantly improved acceleration, and some kind of solution for the absurd storage reduction, but I already have a luggage rack so that's a zero-sum fix. Oh, and maybe some plastic freezer bags rubber banned around the exhaust tips. This is a touring bike for Chr___st sakes. Not an open muffler gentleman V Twin. Does Honda really think that sport bike noise coming out of the rear end is going to convince a 25 year old digging in his pocket for enough change for his next Latte to pony up?
Price not an issue, I think they did a good job with that.