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Why do you pay more? It's a Honda.
IMO, of the Japanese manufacturers if put in order would be Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, and then Kawasaki...and Honda believes this too, even if they are are slipping a little with the base components for the 600.
I know that sounds ridiculous, but let's face it Honda is all about reliability when it comes to their machines...whether it be two, four, a mower, or a generator. The fact that the consumer is willing to pay it creates the environment for Honda to maintain its price.
The guy that said "daily driver" hit the nail on the head. You want it to run forever (assuming you change the oil), buy a Honda, you want all the gizmos and out of the box lap times, buy a Kawasaki and know you'll be working on it.
edited to add:
The other reason I respect Honda is that they went away from the current fairing trend and did something different. It took some balls to do, but I wouldn't be surprised to see the other manufacturers head the same direction if the consumer base supports the move.
Quality of life vs. Quantity of life. Your mileage may vary.
Last edited by Seagreen; 06-04-2013 at 10:33 PM.