The motor sounds like fun but no ground clearance, lousy passenger accomodations, 31 mpg, a fight with the wind for any extended trip, no suspension travel, and over 15k and approaching 20k by the time you are out the door. Sounds like a bar bike to me.
I do like the choices of models and the diferent 'specs' you can order, though. I can think of a few other bikes that might benefit from this. This model ( F ) is the best looking version, also.
While I'm sure the Honda is a well built bike, for some reason these new mega-cruisers only make a Dyna-Glide (with rational footpeg positions) more attractive than ever. Especially when you can save money by buying a freaking Harley-Davidson. And get a much better handling and lighter cruiser. With a more extensive line of less expensive add-on goodies. Whodaeverthunk?
Okay, okay. The HD brakes are comparatively poor. But the savings over a VTX1800 will get you a set of decent upgrade brakes.
By the time Honda and the various accessory manufacturers are done with them, many VTX owners are going to be in Rune cost territory anyhow.
At least the "F" designation is not as "F"ugly as the others. Is honda ever going to go back to making decent looking cruisers again, I don't care how many ftlbs of torque it has if I have to wear a paper bag over my head when I ride it.
Also what's with that $15000+ price tag? that's firmly in the realms of Harley Davidson prices.
I noticed in the two up photos that the travel of the front shocks look about bottomed out. Is that due to the front end being way too soft, max GVW being reached with Sean and Gabe on the bike, or was the bike in a high g maneuver?