Yeah, well...Honda has spent the past 10+ years alienating the customers with their blandwagon of offerings so I tend to do that.
Seriously, let's look at what they have to offer in the way of cruisers for 2017:
The Fury is the only model that appeals to those of us that helped vault Honda's sales in the 80s & 90s. Sadly the sibling "1300 Customs" line disappeared this year, meaning it won't be long before this drops out of the line-up. Still, it has its faults: leftover VTX era "plastic everywhere" on a flagship model. All that ABS wiring on the cleaned up steering head. Weird mufflers. Still, the overall lines are appealing as is the price.
Next up we have this...this...this...exactly what the hell is this?!?
Is this a recumbent bicycle with a motor? A mech-warrior scooter? Something that we might have seen in a short 4-6 issue Japanimated Manga comic book series? This...thing confuses me on so many levels. If anything this makes a good argument for resurrecting the PC800 (go ahead, google it).
The "Phantom" is the sole surviving Shadow, even the sibling Aero and Spirit are gone (from which this amalgam originates from...it's a Spirit with an Aero front end given the black-out treatment) as is the RS. The only surviving chrome is on the leftover Spirit exhaust system.
And these new 300 & 500 CB variants which this thread is dedicated to. That's it.
Not listed for 2017 but still available as leftover models...
The CTX makes just a little more sense than the NM4 above, at least it's readily identifiable as a motorcycle. I'm not sure how it gets a cruiser designation, but nonetheless it's still on the weird side.
And then there's this:
The aforementioned not-Valkyrie from which I blatantly stole the name for these new Hondas. At least the not-Valk retains the original Valk DNA though...it's still a Gold Wing mill offered in a cruiser package. Unfortunately unlike the original Valkyrie that built an entire frame and bodywork around the GL engine, these new models are merely stripped down Gold Wings.
Ditto for the F6B:
Now compare that line-up to the late 90's hey day of Honda cruisers when Honda was neck & neck with HD at 25% each for total US market share:
600 Shadow available in two trims
750 Shadow ACE available in two trims
750 Shadow Spirit
1100 Shadow Spirit
1100 Shadow ACE
1100 Shadow Aero
1100 Shadow Sabre
1100 ACE Tourer
1500 Valkyrie (and Valk Tourer & Valk Interstate)
13 models to choose from versus today's five plus the three leftovers. With the obvious preference for American styled bikes dripping in chrome dominating the US market, is it any wonder why Honda has fallen so far behind at the aforementioned 35% HD/15% Honda representations?