Have you never seen the Top Gear Vietnam special? Hammond has a pink bike (painted by Clarkson and locals) that was great fun
My profile pic - that's a photo I took in Vietnam after two mates and I traced part of the top gear journey. You know when Clarkson gets all emotional about the view - that's that spot. Between Hoi An and Hue.
3 weeks later I bought my CBR500 bcs doing that journey around Vietnam made me miss owning a bike.
The flat black look is definitely a trend and apparently popular. To my esthetic sensibilities flat black bikes (and cars) look like they've been primed and are ready to get a proper paint job. Black wheels remind me of old cars that lost their hubcaps. For me any color other than flat black is an improvement. The 2014 tri-color is my favorite. Maybe Honda will see their way to doing a CBR500R in the Repsol livery with orange wheels.