Originally Posted by markjenn
I'm a little surprised that Honda built a brand-new platform with a five-speed box. I'm sure the bike doesn't need it, but I don't know of any motorcycle that isn't improved with a six-speed.
This sort of cost-cutting compromise that may turn people off is what has me worried about sales of this bike. The other big area is suspension - no upside down forks and other than rear preload, no suspension adjustments whatsoever.
A think a $10,299 CB1100 with USD fork, rebound adjustments, and a six-speed box would sell more bikes than the $10K bike we're getting.
I disagree. Honda has the CB1000 with the usd fork, six speed box, and the way it looks, those parts suit it.
Honda did a nice job in my opinion of building a bike to please those who used to ride CB750s. Btw, a few of the online moto sites said the brakes and suspension were fine.