Re: '04 U.S. Model Preview
Frankly, I'm relieved. It's not so beautiful that I'm in any danger of spending time scheming how to get one, and it's not so ugly that it degrades the 'blade lineage.
The pictures of the thing in motion on the track are stunning, and they always look better in 3-d.
As to the power deficit vs Yamaha or Suzuki, those who buy a bike based on these claimed numbers are kidding themselves. Even if they're true, which is doubtful, there's more to a bike than power and weight specs. Balance, Handling, comfort, reliability, styling ( subjective, of course), lineage in relation to a historical / successful racing program, and aftermarket support are key to any of us that intend to keep these bikes around more than a couple of years.
I could have purchased any of the liter bikes in '02. The Suzuki and the Triumph didn't fit my short reach. The R1 and the 954 were pretty equal in the above categories, but when it came time to write the check, I bought the Honda as usual. I trust 'em.
BTW, Booth - Both my VFR and My 954 are mostly black, and there''s no particular downside other than visibility.