Well, today Honda officially launched the new VFR1200 in their showrooms.
They are keen to point out that this is not a sports tourer.
No, this is a new kind of bike which Honda claim to be "road sports"
Well seeing it sitting there with with it's optional factory panniers, it is difficult to see it as anything but a tourer.
I have to say that in the metal, it looks a lot better than the photo's that have been circulating.
Not bad actually, and certainly different which isn't a bad thing, although today's biker will probably brand it as ugly, as he/she normally does when a maker introduces a bike that doesn't look like everything else.
Sitting astride this vast machine, re-enforces it as a sports tourer for me.
That, combined with shaft drive, upright riding position and a huge ducted fairing, and it really couldn't be anything else.
Fireblade, CBR600, CBR600 = Roadsports.
The VFR1200 is a tourer and no amount of honda spin can change that.
That's what it looks like, feels like, and just is.
Perhaps Honda are scared that customers will see it as an alternative to the Honda Pan European, and stop buying them, meaning that they could end up with container loads of Pans they can't sell.
Introducing this bike makes no marketing logic to me.
They've bought out a bike that any potential Pan Euro buyer is bound to consider.
Inventing a new class for it to slot into won't fool the average punter.
Out on the road, and yep, you guessed it, it feels huuuuuuuuuuuge, and is a big soft but very comfy bus.
There is nothing remarkable about it, or anything that leaves any lasting impression.
In other words, it's a Honda through and through.