Originally Posted by JustPlainBill0
It might have something to do with needing to stock replacement body parts for each color option. They (Honda) must consider overhead expenses (storage, tracking, re-stocking) which get tacked on to the price they have to charge us.
... I think it's simply that the Africa Twin wasn't released in America and so the HRC (red/white/blue) colors hold more heritage interest with European's. I.e. Honda think they can sell more HRC colored bikes in Europe and ship the silver ones that nobody wants to the States without them realizing! But American's also have taste (stop sniggering at the back!) and seem to prefer the HRC colors too!
I spoke with Honda NA HQ this week and the contact I spoke with told me that the first DCT bikes to hit the U.S. showrooms will be silver (presumably these will be used for demo's due to lack of orders, ha!) - shortly followed by Dakar Rally (red) bikes.
However, the person I spoke to, also thought that the HRC colors would become availble in 2017, as they were getting a lot of calls from customers saying they want the (well-received with the media) DCT, but silver is a deal breaker for them.
While I think the silver looks classy in some ways, to me personally it also shouts boring commuter too. Actually, who am I kidding, I'm just trying to be kind to those who like it - I think it sucks!
To me, this bike should smack of at least some Dakar adventure heritage, even if the most off-roading most bikes will see, is from the garden shed, across the garden, to the main road
I'd like an HRC colored DCT, because I'm old enough to remember cooing over the gold accents on the 650/750 first gen. And silver doesn't float my boat personally. But the red/black/white scheme also looks great I think and will be popular in both manual and DCT models.
So this morning I ordered a red one.... well, it's got the word Dakar in its color description, so it must be good right?