Like life, new motorcycles are a compromise. All the new Hondas are designed with a price point in mind and then produced to meet that point. They have to be globally acceptable, vs just acceptable to a certain market. Add a bigger tank, the heavier suspension parts to carry it, a small fairing and the other little things to make it set up for touring and you increase the cost. They brought the Deuville to the US with a decent motor, small fairing, built in bags , priced it under $10,000 and they couldn't give them away, even with a great Europeon track record. The CB 1100 was designed to be the retro CB 750, one of the best selling bikes of all time. Want to tour, fix it up yourself, like back in the 70's. I think Honda has done a pretty good job of recognizing the changing economy and making the effort to bring affordable bikes back to the mainstream public. You can be all the other manufacturers will be watching to see if this new effort pays off with increased sales, and more importantly, brings people back to the showrooms.
2012 R 1200 GS RALLYE