Originally Posted by GDCobra
...can't help thinking that the Zephyr was a little before its time or perhaps it set the stage...
The Japanese have a knack for producing great retros at the wrong time.
The Honda GB500 TT-racer style thumper was one of the most beautiful Japanese motorcycles of all time and it wasn't even expensive. It didn't sell; now cherry ones sell for several times their original msrp.
And remember W650 which looked at least as much like a Meriden Bonneville as our Hinckleys do, perhaps even more so? Well, it came to these shores shortly before a modern "real" Bonneville showed up flaunting that marvelous pedigreed Triumph marque on its tank. Great timing there Kaw!
Then of course there was the Zephyr. Good luck to Big Red--we'll see if this new Honda can buck the egg-laying trend of Japanese retros.