While beauty may be in the
eye of the beholder, perhaps in this case it helps to be partially blind. However, I am sure that Honda have produced a bike that does what it says on the tin.
A bike does not have to have off-road credentials to qualify as an Adventure bike. Just ask the two teenagers who took their mopeds to Wales as few months back. Perhaps we have simply become somewhat used to the concept without understanding the definition.
While the sportsbike riders amongst us may disagree, there is certainly a shift towards a more upright posture in bikes today, and the sales figures would seem to back that up. Arse in the air riding is fine for some, but not necessarily for all.
As for the beak, looking at it, it seems that it is more of a styling line than a true beak. It doesn't extend too far beyond the headlight, and compared to a BMW GS or a Tiger XC, it's pretty minimal. A quick paint job could eliminate the problem, by blending the darker upper fairing with the lower radiator cowl.
I'm not so sure that the Cross-Tourer will challenge BMW any more than the Yamaha Super Tenere has. With the Yen so strong, it's unlikely to match it for price, and the effect of the earthquake on production has to be taken into account.