Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
My opinion only guys, so don't get bent out of shape.
I think Honda realized that to "improve" the 1800 they had to go towards an interstate cruiser like the Valkyrie. Thousands of Honda owners were begging for it. Myself among them, even sending emails to Honda, Inc. about the need for it. When that conclusion was reached the powers-that-be decided that they couldn't risk the competition to their flagship cruiser - the Goldwing - which they have kept loyal to for over 30 years. Other manufacturers (Kawasaki and Yamaha) that don't have that worry - have produced big interstate tourers recently and will continue to do so. Honda, however, doesn't understand that riders are going to buy what they want, not what is offered. I myself, when I've ridden my 1800 Retro till it won't go no more, am seriously considering the 1700 cc Kawasaki Vulcan Voyager. Great looking bike with about the same horsepower as 1800 Retro. Since it's belt driven, you don't have the hp loss to the rear wheel. It's fuel injected and has the luggage and body style that I'm looking for. Again, just my humble, uninformed opinion.
PGR - LA State Captain - 03 1800 Retro, red, Mustang seats, ISO grips, V & H Bigshots, de-smog and Pair block by Bareass, eng. guards, CW sissy bar and luggage rack, HitchDoc trailer hitch, 9/30/07 new Quadzilla fairing, 5/13/11 Darkside GYTT and HID headlight.