• 80-wattHamster

    I honestly can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic. Although the red version does look nice.

  • http://twitter.com/metabomber Jesse

    Flat white everything, gloss wings and gloss tuxedo stripe down the middle. Instantly more awesome.

    • guest

      Flat white is so nice for staying clean.

  • 2ndderivative

    While we’re at this, could someone tell me what the cruiser people are going on about with seams on tanks? What seams? Are they crawling underneath the bike to look at the welds?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Must have something to do with assless leather chaps and tassles.

    • BMW11GS

      its almost a religious spectacle to behold!

    • http://worldof2.com/ jpenney

      The flat strip around the bottom of the tank. It’s completely visible in these pictures. Harley tanks don’t have them.

      • 2ndderivative

        Ah, that “lip” thing. Thanks. Might look good with that same paint on it actually.

    • HammSammich

      “It can’t stop, it can’t corner, it’s uncomfortable, overweight, underpowered, and too loud, but dag nabbit my HOG aint got no barely visible pinch welds.”

      • slowtire

        Neither should Hondas.

    • jason McCrash

      It has always been a “Jap bike” thing. The seamless tank looks nicer to people who spend time looking at it up close while wasting their free time polishing instead of riding. Not only do I not give a rats ass about it, having the seam makes it easier to lay the tank on the garage floor without worrying about scratching the paint. HD owners don’t think about stuff like that since they never wrench on their own bikes.

      • Kevin

        My early-80s Honda Shadow had a 30″ seat, halfway decent ground clearance and comfortable ergos. It was no performance bike, but it was nothing like the low-slung hardware scrapers of today. And it had a tank seam just like those in the photos above… made me a little nostalgic.

        http://www.kabamus.com/cars/cycle/VT700C.html

        • Beale

          I’ve been kicking around the idea of buying a first gen Japanese cruiser bike, in all their awkwardness. The odd proportions of those things has strangely grown on me, especially the old Virago 1100′s. They’ve got mid controls and actual cornering clearance. And they’re pretty cheap.

          • jason McCrash

            That’s funny because while riding all over the US I have seen different “watch for motorcycles” type road signs. All of them have an outline of a Virago on them. That steep tank is the giveaway. Early to mid-80′s Yamaha cruisers are pretty sweet. Besides the Viragos, they made some quick ass 3 and 4 cyl ones like the Maxim too.

      • slowtire

        Maybe, some do. But why not go the extra bit and get rid of it. It makes the tanks look cheap. There’s certainly other ways to lay your tank on the floor without worrying about scratching the paint.

        • jason McCrash

          They do it because it is cheaper to make them that way. 2 pieces of steel (top and bottom) is all it takes and there is no finishing needed on the welds. I aways thought it looked right, but then I grew up when all bikes had tanks with them and HD’s were actually AMF’s and Italian dirt bikes that most people were smart enough to avoid.

          • slowtire

            It’ definitely cheaper to make them that way. It has never stopped me from buying one. I just think they would look so much better without the seam. More of a “finished look.”

  • MG

    +1 on the Yellow. The whole tank area flows so nicely, rather than the geometric, transformer look of the 600RR. Yes I realize that it is not the same style of bike, but still, I recently had a discussion with friends how nothing the Japanese are producing right now has the iconic feel of the Ducati 916 or even the recent 848. Again, design only, not reliability and practicality. All the Japanese seem to be doing is increasing or decreasing the number of graphics on their bikes – so not Zen ;)

  • John

    I couldn’t agree with you more. I would like to see manufactures exercise a little restraint with their color pallet. A prime example of of this would be Guy Martin’s 2010 Hondas, they look fantastic.

  • Gene

    Source? I went to http://www.honda.co.uk/motorcycles and I’m not seeing it. Though I did see the “Honda concho set” accessory…

  • Dennis

    It’s almost as if some Hondas are deliberately targeted to appeal to the tastes of somebody other than Wes Siler.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      I think you’ll find that coexisting with current color trends and credible graphic design at the expense of ending the misguided tribute to Vanilla Ice does, in fact, have very little to do with wes siler.

      • Dennis

        I’m agreeing with you. Nobody buys Hondas except the one and only Wes Siler. It’s madness for them to cater to any other buyer.

        And even if somebody else does want to buy a bike Wes doesn’t like, well, how dare they? Am I right? Motorcycles are about individual expression. As long as that individual is Wes Siler.

  • Tim

    While I concur with Wes on this one, THAT was funny.

  • Pete

    that orange stripe on white is the same as by 1966 bonneville. maybe they just know their market.

  • jason McCrash

    The lack of special editions that we get in the USA is sad. Just look at Ebay UK, France, Germany, etc and you’ll see bikes in factory trim that dealers here have never even heard of. If it were possible to order non-US specific parts from the local dealer I would have bought a few complete bodywork kits. My Zephyrs came in gorgeous color/strip combos there. The ZRX was available with a round headlight or half fairing along with the 1/4 fairing that was the only offer here. The Bol d’Or special edition Hondas over the years are gorgeous. If bikes were factory ordered by the customers here like cars can be you would think you could pick/choose but here we are told what we can have on our bikes instead of what we can choose. Dealers barely even offer test rides anymore other than BMW. Cruisers sell and sadly we over here reap what we sow.

    • http://www.lgdm.fr stempere

      Agreed on the Bol d’Or specials, i have the same as this one (naked f2) parking were i put mine everyday, i often stop to look at it for a few minutes.
      Stunning bikes.

      • jason McCrash

        Very nice!

  • Scott-jay

    There’s no accountin’ for taste.

    • M

      there’s no accounting for good taste.

  • Todd

    Don’t like. Not a fan of white bikes and I’ve never really liked that wing logo much either (though I’ve owned (and still do) MANY 1980′s Hondas). The rally stripes are cool, though again, I’m not in love with the color choice(s).

  • Ed

    I like the old HM Winged Logo better. That’s what I put on my CB400

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