Strangely Excellent! Part 1
First: read the owner's manual.
Second: ask Honda why the chain is exposed to road grit, rain, pebbles etc. and why it is not running in a sealed oilbath enclosure.
Third: ask Honda why onboard storage is so inferior to the scooters mention in Part 1 above.
On Board isstorage is not a problem. You can do away with the standard 40 Ltrs Box, and repalce it with 45 Ltrs + Box from Givi and other manufacturers. Similalrly there are several matching Pannier Box sets that'll fit on it.
Its a superb machine. Yes, does handle like a Motorcycle, has good torque, smooth at low revs, would make a good tourer, and Fuel economy, is 80 mpg comfortably.
In short, its a winner
Yes indeed, you can bolt on all sorts of extra storage. My gripe is that Honda advertise helmet space under the tank flap. But in all truth, you can only fit a single special type flying helmet. My Standard Open face won't fit!....
As for that chain drive?.... this is rediculous. Minimum should be a belt drive (enclosed), or shaft. Chains are errrrr, so old fashioned! Even HD uses belt and I have to say, belt drive is really great. Totally different from greasy, oily, probomatic chains. Bike designers... wake up!.... no white collar worker wants to deal with this sort of filth.
And my last open question is..... re-sale price. Here in Amsterdam, the Integra isn't selling much. Actually, only a couple have left our main showroom so far. What about when you trade it in in three years time. Anyone remember the L cassette? Sony have had some serious failures, Honda can do the same. NOT, on my money thank you.
I stick with my initial reports....., great bike idea (sorry scooter, or bike, err whatever), but it has an identity crisis., which means those who invest in it, might find out that when it comes to chopping it in for another idea, they are faced with shaking heads.
I 'just' don't know....... BGMark.
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