Honda continues to give their loyal customers exactly what they do not want just like they have for 20 years. Then wonder why their market share has slipped by more than double...
Has anyone taken a look at the Yamaha lineup for naked street bikes? They look good and perform even better in terms of both handling and performance than makes anything from Honda just look like the dated old hack that it is.
Hondas are the only Jap bike I've owned, and there have been quite a few, going back to 1968. Rock solid and bulletproof every one of them. The '85 VF700S Sabre was my hands-down favorite (the 1984 CB700sc Nighthawk being a very close 2nd), until the 919 came into play.
The CB1100 showed up at the local dealership in 2013 (I was riding the Nighthawk at that time). They offered a ride and off we go. It had the look, the ergonomics (I'm 6'2"), a beer rack on the back!, good brakes, decent suspension- but power? 85hp from 1100cc's? A really bad joke,guys.
I was in the market for a new bike and wanted to love this one so much, but the lack of power kept me sane. I rationalized that the gearing was all wrong and it could be brought to an acceptable level of performance with just a little tweaking...
Then came the 919 to save me from futility...
I completely agree with you on the offerings from Yamaha. The sport models from Indian get a nod, as well, and let's not overlook the Mean Green retro, either.
It's a tough world for moto manufacturers- HD is having great difficulty in keeping up and Honda is slipping as well.
This fn chinavirus ain't doing anyone any favors, either