Honda has engineered it correctly for the rest of the world (You where we use metric units, as opposed to USA and Liberia) Neutral is on top with 1-2-3-4 down. If we cost to stop in 4th, we can shift down to neutral at standstill and from there on to 1.st. We cant shift up from neutral to 4.th while on the move. US DOT, instead of ruling out only the dangerous type of rotary shift, which could go directly from top to bottom gear, decided to rule it out entirely. It has also blessed you with fuggly rear lights, indicators and side reflectors.