We need to look at range, more than the size of the gas tank. If this thing is getting 70mpg, it will go over 200 miles on a tank of gas. That's very competive with other bikes out, and probably better than most.
Also Honda is probably expecting the price of gas to just keep going up, and they are probably right. Gas is already $8 a gallon in Europe, it may be $8 a gallon here before you wear out your next bike.
Also we are aging. Those forward controls and rear set bars will probably appeal to a lot of older riders with bad knees.
We really don't need another sport bike in the American market, there are already plenty of those to choose from. Honda does need to get more involved in the Adventure Touring segment, and I suspect they are working on something. As for now, I like the frugal, low cost bikes Honda is bringing to market.
I'm voting thumbs up on this one.