Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Model: none at present
I don't have a problem with gadgets, but wish youb could get one without them, for those few of us who just like to ride. I like that fairing, bags, and trunk, those are the reasons I bought a Goldwing. But I don't want or need any of the toys, it would be nice if they made one without them, for those who either don't want them, or don't want to pay for them.
While I like pushrods, and believe they are the way to go (and they are certainly proven reliable) OHC engines are ok, but they should at least use a gear driven OHC. Internal chains are a no no to me (and that includes car engines) unless they are easy to replace, and replacing them is on the maintenance schedule, just like replacing the belts. It has been my experience that the belt on belt driven OHC car engines lasts just as long as the timing chain on pushrod engines. Both should be replaced every 50,000-60,000 miles or so. While Honda does correctly recommend replacing the belts every so often, do they also recommend replacing the chain they replaced the belts with, and how much of a job is it? Can it be done without pulling the engine? Because while the engine itself may last 300,000 miles, that chain sure isn't going to. And why go back to manual valves? That's definitely one thing Honda got right on the 1200s and 1500s. And the last question is still, Why 6 cylinders instead of four? The 4 cylinder engine could have been made bigger, without the added complication of 2 more cylinders.
Mechanical technology is fine if it serves a purpose, but if you are using more complicated technology "just because you can", in other words, "technology just for the sake of technology" That just plain doesn't make sense. There is elegance in simplicity. Plus it is proven reliable, and the bottom line, it is cheaper to build, maintain, and repair.
And of course I will always be opposed to any kind of electronic technology used on engines. It's fine for gadgets if you want them, but to have an engine failure because some computerized electronics failed is simply inexcusable. There is a reason why piston powered aircraft do not use any engine related electronics. It's failure rate is several times higher than mechanical parts, and bad things can happen when an aircraft engine fails.
To paraphrase Jeff Goldblum from the original Jurassic Park, just because you CAN do something, doesn't always mean you SHOULD.
"New vehicles move the body. Old vehicles move the soul. Vintage forever"
"Obsolete does not mean it is not any good, it just means it is not made anymore"
"The simpler the better"
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