It isn't just Honda. All Japanese dealers are the same. Only Kawasaki is still dangling about with their Vulcan 1700s but they're already killing their Vulcan line in Europe due to the tough Euro 4 emission standards (this is in part why the Vulcan 1700s are so dang slow in Europe). No more big Japanese V-Twins in Europe.
I've seen the Honda range of bikes where I live and I'm ashamed to own a Honda. They're bent on making bland futuristic-looking machines that are a galactic distance away from the macho sexy-looking cruiser line of 14 years ago that it makes me shed a tear.
You know what's listed under the "cruiser" line in Honda's website in Euro countries? The 750 Shadow Phantom (that blackenned thing that gets blown away on highways and has no passing ability), that new 500cc Rebel hipster sh*t that will be killed off in 2 years when the hpster trend finally ends and the, wait for it, Vultus NM4. I've yet to see one of those ugly things around here. The VT line of cruisers is no longer available in Europe and I think only the Honda Fury is available as a 2017 model in the USA.
When you look back and think of the VTX 1800 being the first machine to really up the ante in the CC war and technology in cruisers. The VTX 1300 as one of the best selling cruisers of all times that would beat any Harley of the time (up until their 103in models), the Valkyrie with its standard setup yet cruiser look, the many Shadows over the decades starting in the 1980s... And now all that's left is a crappy 750cc and 500cc for hipsters. It really makes the toughest of men shed a tear.
Unfortunately the same applies to all Japanese brands. To this day I don't understand how Victory was pulled out of the race by Polaris. Polaris and Harley have a VERY EASY way ahead with no competition from the Japanese ever again. Compare that to the Japanese competition in the early to mid 2000s, both Victory and Harley were very scared (which caused them to improve their machines to remain in the race, a good thing for Harley actually).
I'm sorry, folks, but we won't get the VTX 1300/1800 back nor any big Japanese V-Twin. The tough Euro 4 emissions have made making a big V-Twin almost impossible for the European market (while the little 600cc/1000cc widow makers are still running around in tears of joy).
In the USA, the folks who bought the VTX 1800, Vulcan 2000, Vulcan 1600, VTX 1300 or C109 are now 10 to 15 years older and many are no longer interested in motorcycling or in these rumbling heavy machines (because of older age or because of kids). The very few left have jumped into Harley as their income has risen (doctor in his 50s makes more than doctor i his late 30s). You know, because an even heavier machine that costs 3 times as much is a wise decision when you are 15 years older in your 60s and have arthritis and your wife (who no longer is a slim 120 lbs) also wants to come with you and her luggage on the tour trunk adding 250 lbs to the bike's capacity.
Then there's us, the minority. Actually, I'd say it again. Then there's you, and then there's me (the absolute minimum minority), since I'm one of the younger guys in this forum. I should be on one of those trendy hipster cafe racer crap stuff according to marketing studies from the big motorcycle manufacturers.
I've asked Honda and Kawasaki dealers about the chances of bringing back their big V-Twins. Their reply? A blank look on their faces (they did also explain the issue about Euro 4 emission laws killing all chances of big V-Twins too).
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Last edited by EuroDude; 03-18-2017 at 06:57 AM.