Join Date: Aug 2011
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE
Color: Orange SE
Honda is playing on their strengths. Why doesn't Kawasaki make a flat-4 upright goldwing-esque touring bike anymore? Why doesn't Harley-Davidson make sportbikes anymore? It's not that these companies have lost their way, they are just playing to their market. The Buell had a cult following but most folks would rather have a better handling, better performing, more reliably Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki or Kawasaki sportbike. Kawasaki's Voyager (pre 1700 Voyager) couldn't compete with the 'king', the GoldWing.
Honda is selling popular sportbikes, and the GoldWing is kind of the flagship touring motorcycle. Even if it isn't what you or I would prefer (we're on a forum for a large-framed V-Twin metric cruiser; wanna guess what we like?), the GoldWing is a very popular bike. It's also a pretty high tech machine, even if you don't like it, you have to appreciate the innovations Honda brings to the table with that one.
I, for one, think Honda is doing some cool things. The rune isn't likely to sell as it's a small market. Even if you can find 50 internet buddies to say they want it, doesn't mean it will sell. Look at how many people on this forum adore the V2K? But it was a flop, it didn't sell well at all! Can't argue with the numbers. They are a business, after all, and if it doesn't sell, it goes. WHY it didn't sell, myself and I'm sure anyone who has ridden or owned a V2K is probably asking the same question, but it didn't. I think the bottom line is, if people are going to spend that much money on a bike with that much power, they generally want it on a touring frame. Hence, the F6B. A touring bike, with a little more attitude, something 'in the middle' between the Rune and the 'Wing.
So Honda isn't making another 'classic' Cruiser. But they are making some cool bikes! I think Honda will always be a sport and sport-tourer company (the Goldwing is pretty much a sport touring bike, or a 'standard' if you will). I don't think they INTEND to be in the cruiser market.
"8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8 (NIV)
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS SE
iPod Connector Kit, Kuryakyn Highway Pegs, Mustang Touring Seat, Marvella's Hitch, Kuryakyn Trailer Wiring Kit, Haul-Master Tag-a-Long Cargo Trailer
2011 Honda Shadow Aero 750 (Wife's)
Memphis shades quick-release windshield, OEM Solo Seat, Mustang Fender Bib, Chrome Solo Luggage Rack
Past: 2006 Vulcan 900 Classic LT