why would you want an overcomplicated, probably heavy, insurance expensive, costly to maintain bike? And knowing Honda, the purchase price would not be cheap.
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Maybe it would go very fast?
So the Gentleman's agreement of a top speed limit between the Japanese, is over?
Think Honda might be slightly worried because Yamaha have made a two wheel drive R1
Anti-crash electronics? WTF?
Going V5 is a great marketing idea though (GP)
They're making it because they've found their niche. People who buy bikes with the letters "VFR" painted down the side are enthused by pointless technology. You can tell, they buy GPS systems as well.
I can see it now: Sliding down the road shortly before parting company with your pride and joy, your flailing head takes in a glimpse of the dash. Between the now-lit oil light and the dark space where the neutral light is, a small LED glows saying this: [Crash Warning]
What held it up is the fact that once it appears it means the end of the v5 GP bike (which can't have a road going derivative). Initially the GP bike was going to be replaced by a V6, which was well developed, but they've since changed their mind and now are developing an inline triple for MotoGP, which means the V5 has to stay a bit longer and the road bike has to wait.
Honda have had a V5 road bike ready for over a year. The guy who told me had actually ridden it in his capacity as a Honda tester but I can't name him as it may get him in trouble as he's not really supposed to have said anything.What held it up is the fact that once it appears it means the end of the v5 GP bike (which can't have a road going derivative). Initially the GP bike was going to be replaced by a V6, which was well developed, but they've since changed their mind and now are developing an inline triple for MotoGP, which means the V5 has to stay a bit longer and the road bike has to wait.
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