Honda, ...stuff... Imagine if you could forgo the 3 year process of getting new models through the accounting & liability departments the impact you could have.
your decade old ATV lineup; you can actually crate these things up, add your "Honda premium" & keep a straight face? For shame. Where is the Honda that gave me the CR's of the 90s that no one could touch motor wise?
Sorry for the derail but it does not take much to pluck my Honda chord.
I'm sorry but I was meaning the VTR250.
Honda doesn't pay any attention to anyone but themselves. They do not listen to anyone in their car market and now coming over to the motorcycle side of things it seems like they don't list to anyone of here too. Not sure who runs the motorcycle side of the house but on the car side Ito is only interested in Hybrids so much so that as soon and the economy hit he canceled every project in the works including a V8, a diesel i6 and i4, the revamp of the S2000 and the NSX, and recently he is trying to cancel out the Ridgeline and the Pilot. He even axed the F1 racing team. He canceled everything except his prized hybrids which have been a complete bomb for them. I think it might be time to take Ito out and bring some young blood in. Seems like Honda just doesn’t care. But this is a step in the right direction, it might be a baby step but it is still a step.
Its seems since Soichiro passed on, Honda has become a corporation in the purest sense of which their only concern is to sell a product at a now unjustified premium based on marketing of what they once were.
I can just imagine a boardroom full of arrogant accountant types shooting down and/or watering down excellent ideas from the R&D team.
I keep coming back to my Toyota analogy, as they have followed the exact same route as them, IMO. Apart from if I would want to by a good 4x4, there isn't one later model Toyota that excites me. It has all the charm and excitement of whiteware.
While these XRs were a hit in, lets say 1988, the best you can do is put faux radiator shrouds on them & sell these same machines as CRFs in 2010?
It is just a bit much isn't it, when you see a "brand new" dirt bike or quad with essentially a 20 year old motor in it. Stick with what works, sure, but I reckon 20 years plus is just really pushing it a little
I wasn't trying to imply it was a reasonable action on my part. People just get weird about brands sometime. Right now, there is nothing that wows me so much that I have to get rid of my 9er. The S3 and Z1000...I just can't get by the looks. Hell the Z isn't even a naked anymore. If I could afford a Brutale, or Aprilia makes a naked RSV4 that I could afford, I might buy them. I would probably drift from Honda if there was something worth drifting to.
I would so love to have a Brutale for the styling alone. Just pure art, IMO.