Friday, January 16, 2009


Last summer, when gas hit $4 a gallon, people were buying up cheap scooters like peanuts at a ballgame. At the same time the radical V-twin custom craze was bleeding arterially, because who wants to pay $60,000 for a bike they can’t really do much of anything useful with?

Meanwhile Honda, a company that sells any number of good, economical, small- and mid-displacement motorcycles overseas—but not here—was working on this, a $13,000 piece of metric driveway jewelry that stands out in the cruiser market only by virtue of being more radically styled and by all appearances even less practical than its competitors.

Is this really what Honda thinks we need right now?

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