Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Bergen County, NJ, USA
Re: How close to a real luxury tourer?
I wouldn't assume that BMW and Honda will be offering downsized replcements for their fullsized tourers and just leaving it at that. They may test the market with a more svelt offering but I believe if they don't now have plans for something all new and bigger in a year or two, you can bet they'll have something bigger ready just in case the new bike is rejected. There's a lot to be gained by a manufacturer being able to claim that their machine is bigger, better, and more comfortable, especially in the U.S. market where consumers are so used to believing that bigger is better, however misguided that thinking is, you may argue. Right or wrong, a more streamlined, in effect downsized, LT may fly in Europe, but not in thegood old US of A.
This is of course, all speculation, assuming that BMW and Honda are going to offer slimmer tourers. I could see BMW trying that before I see Honda doing it, what with the growth in size of the Goldwing over the years.
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Last edited by George_S; Aug 25th, 2010 at 7:19 am.