What's happening to Honda?
I was dismayed this weekend to find what is becoming an all too common sight at my local dealer - a lack of motorcycles, specifically "supersports." In fact, the CBR500r was the LARGEST fully-fared bike they had! 300s and 500s, that's it! No 650F, 600r, 1000r, NOTHING. They had a small inventory of other styles of bike, but I'm only talking about Honda sports bikes in this post. I'm in California, where we ride 12 months a year, and enjoy legal lane-splitting. My dealer is also in a reasonably affluent neighborhood (Roseville), and you can't drive more than a block or two without returning the two-fingered wave. Sports bikes are really popular in this area, but Honda seems to be tapping out... what gives? I'm personally planning to return to Kawi for the Ninja 1000, but only because Honda killed the VFR800 AGAIN. I really wanted the VFR. I'm not ready to concede that the market is changing that rapidly/dramatically, because there are TONS of new sports bikes from other Japanese makers around town, but no Honda. I personally think Honda has been out of touch with the market for several years, which may be somewhat subjective... to a degree; but by the look of my local dealer you'd think Honda only made "beginner bikes" and heavy touring bikes with nothing in between. One more thing. Other than myself, I've never seen another person buying a bike there. I think I saw someone talk to a salesperson once though. I'm begining to suspect people don't go in anymore because they've learned they won't find what they're looking for.
2008 Ninja 250r (passed down within the family)