For me "something different" does not mean stepping back 10 years in design and producing a chopper. I don't care what you change or add to it, it is still a dated "style" that has run it's course.Why the run down so much without even riding it????? I mean, all I see on threads are I wish Honda would do something different! Well they did and it's fuel injected!
Lower sleeker and more of a Pro Street style and at least they would have been riding the back edge of the current wave. They have too much motor for "starter" bike standards, so I doubt it will be a big entry/starter bike. The trend in cruisers is more motor more motor more motor and they missed that by keeping the 1300, so the "power" guys will look elsewhere. Best I can guess is it will give the Shadow folks something to think about.
You can put a fat tire on it (also on the way out), change up some of the sheet metal, paint, chrome etc. but it is still an old "style" that has run it's course. You can put makeup on a pig, but.......Dont get me wrong, it is a nice looking bike, but I just don't see the demand and I am pretty sure it will not replace many VTX's out there and even fewer VTX 1800 bikes. What does a loyal Honda customer that wants to replace his VTX 1800 purchase? Probably not a Honda and thats sad.