Re: Will Honda throw us a winner in 2017?
Strange times we are living through. The demographic of motorcyle owners get older with the passing of the years, not enough young blood coming into the fold, blame ever more stringent regulations, cheap cars, poor image, whatever. Sales of sport bikes have plummeted, but performance expectations have risen to the point that a mass market manufacturer has to look carefully at the cost / benefit returns. Older riders, those with the disposable income, are finding it harder to wrap themselves around ever tinier chassis with ever more uncompromising power outputs. So they are choosing cruisers, or GS BMW's. What makes you think that Honda are going to invest millions of Yen on a state of the art RR when they can make far more profit from frugal commuters?
Honda caught a massive cold with the VFR 1200, its an answer to a question no-one asked. The Blackbird does most of the VFR's job quite nicely thank you. Flagship designs cost a fortune, money that Honda is looking at very carefully. They have a car range that is flagging in sales, that is where corporate Honda is concentrating its efforts, motorcycles are taking a very poor second place at the moment.