Your Opinion, Stated as Fact
A Buell with that kind of handling, braking and horsepower would (and does) sell for a lot more money than $7400. And Honda will sell every 599 they bring in, so just applying some simple economic principals, we see that it is indeed worth what they are asking.
I think what I find so irksome is this old-school notion that if something is made by a Japanese factory it is somehow only a commodity and should be judged solely on objective factors; price, performance, economy. But if it's a Harley or Ducati, than it can be overpriced; "it's a Harley thing, you wouldn't understand."
I said in my article that it was about 20% overpriced, but that doesn't take away from the benefits the bike offers a lucky owner. The Honda Hawk was similarly overpriced, but now, 15 years later, a clean, low-mileage Hawk will be worth 90% of its retail value. Is it "overpriced"?
Nowhere do I try to justify the price of the bike, other than to say that labor is more in Italy than Japan, and that the Euro produces an unfavorable exchange rate. Those are facts, not "attempted justifications". You make it sound like I'm shilling for Honda, and I just don't see it.
Thanks for reading MO and taking time to give us your input!