Some pics from the Milan Motorcycle Show (EICMA), which I'll be at tomorrow!
I like: the front end and lights - at least it's new; tail fairing extended forward and covering subframe part under seat instead of a different color; passenger pegs look easier to remove and leave less of an ugly spot; wheels; new forks; ABS option.
Don't like: same old same old for gauges, mirrors, lights, rear sets, etc. (yeah, we replace some of these, but some effort would be nice); silver swingarm and black frame is idiotic; the black plastics at the side of the exhaust look terrible (previous versions weren't great, but better); left side has a huge cover over it, presumably to contain the ABS system - UGLY; patch of black between mid and tank ruins the flow of colors, why not match it or incorporate it into the design better?.
The new Kawi looks to be light years ahead on tech, the Yammie looks better. I think honda's really losing the plot on the design front. Like others, it all depends on the ride and I wouldn't decide on what bike to buy based only on aesthetics, but Honda could do a lot better. I'm one of those people who didn't like the '07 with the exposed engine and minimal fairings, which is why I bought an '09. Still don't like it, but I realize a lot of you do, which is cool - to each their own. I just don't see that Honda's done anything to make this bike very appealing and wouldn't even consider switching my '09 for it. The only reason I sold my '06, which I think is the best design they had for its time (05, 06) was I moved to another country. Let's hope this thing looks better in person.