xtian wrote:make that a boat anchor then. Why would you need upside down fork, titanium exhaust and italian wheels around an engine that will only ever make the ton when thrown off a cliff.
ok, cx engines look good, make them classy, just don't make them motoGPesque.
Well, Cyprus, the parts that aren't depopulated no-go zones, isn't exactly known for its Autobahns. But I believe it does have a number of lovely hills, with the twisties and all that.
So this guy wanted a bike he could dart around them twisties with. While he also, for whatever reason, loves the shitpump engine. Friend of mine (lost contact a bit, I'm afraid), he can afford getting the latest and fastest, or fanciest. But he just fell in love with the CX before he even got his license. Got license. Bought a CX. Loves it to bits. Last time we spoke, that was the only bike he had, and he was very happy with it, didn't seem he fancied anything else. It's a slightly unusual engine, not quite like a Guzzi, be definitely not quite like other Hondas, either. Did they even make any other OHV engines, like, ever?
So the engine can't quite get to the speeds where going around turns requires
the fancy suspension. Doesn't mean that having the fancy suspension won't be helpful, still. Or may just feel better, going around the turns as slow as this may go.
Or what the heck. The guy loves his CX. And he wanted quality bits on it. Sometimes, it's nice to just have something that's just nice
. Real quality
. Something that wasn't designed to a price, but to perform. Not made from the cheapest stuff that will do the job, but from what's gonna do the job really well.
In the 1970s, Honda in particular built a bunch of bikes that had way more engine than chassis, the rubber bits couldn't keep up with the go bits. No fun.
In contrast to that. Having a bike that can be thrown around the twisties like it had come off the production line last week. Modern as fuck. Utter overkill, as you point out.
But with an engine from before modern emissions legislation. That gets to be loud, stinky, generally antisocial (or as antisocial as a Honda engine is gonna get). Making a big smelly hubbub like it's 1978, but handling like she's from 2018.
That actually sounds like fun.
If there were absolutely anything to be afraid of, don't you think I would have worn pants?
I said I have a big stick.