Originally Posted by markjenn
Depends on your POV. It may be a "shortcoming" in terms of outright grip and corner speed, but it also gives a standard bike the crisp, light, linear turn-in that makes older bikes handle so nicely while seated in a straight/upright riding position. Modern sport bikes with super wide tires are optimized for riding at 9/10th and above, with forward riding positions, and aggressive body inputs. That's not what this bike is about. Everything is a compromise.
A 180+ tire also wouldn't have "the look".
Honda already makes an aggressive, high-powered, wide-tired naked: the CB1000R.
+1. Mark's observations are spot-on. He gets what this bike is all about.
The bike is a Time Machine, executed by 21st century craftsmen.