No Missing Link!!
For the life of me I dont understand the comments of those who say its great looking, cant wait to ride it ect. But then maybe I can. Maybe they are the guys that are in the market for a BMW or an FJ or a GTR. In no way can they be the guys that already ride VFR's and Blackbirds.
Could those guys please understand that those of us that ride VFR's or Blackbirds rode them because they could scratch and tour, but above all they were the missing link between sportsbikes and tourers. I rode my Blackbird because I loved the fact that I could tour to the Alps two up, and that it still LOOKED like a sportsbike.
I was so looking forward to the new Blackbird. Wow, how sporty looking was that going to be, yet would still address the (very few) issues of the old Bird. Instead we get this.
Yes I am sure it rides wonderful. But there are a dozen woderful tourers out there. Most of us bought Blackbirds because it rode wonderful and it LOOKED great. We could have bought a dozen tourers out there ten years ago, but we bought the Bird because it WAS the missing link. it WAS different. There was no Busa or ZZR1400 (just an aging ZZR11). In the same way the Fireblade was an evolutionary step so was the Blackbird.
This is not even in the same ballpark. I appreciate the technology but the bike is still pitched to compete with an FJ or a BMW, in a world where there are already a dozen choices. Thats hardly aimed at the guys who ride VFRs and Blackbirds.
The test rider says' it will still feel like a sportsbike without the need to work at it'.
So Mr Honda, are you saying you want it to be a sportsbike? So why not design it like one. It may go fast and handle, but if it looks like a tank, boy have you lost a massive market.
The reason why the Fireblade was such a massive sales success was not only its evolutionary step, but that it looked great compared to its competion, as did the R1. This looks like a barn door.
The guys that bought VFR's and Blackbirds are not the guys that buy touring BMW's FJ's or GTRs. Those guys will look elsewhere.
Honda, I feel have made one big mistake and alienated a vast part of its consumer base who will go elsewhere for that 'missing link'.
People like me. I waited for the new 'Blackbird' but this it aint. Just bought a nice shiny new ZZR1400. I think Kawasaki and triumph are going to do extremely well out of Mr Honda not listening to the hand that feeds it