You can’t please everyone every time, I do, however, applaud Honda for listening and addressing/improving. And not just putting out the same model in different colors for years. They are, for the most part, giving the public what they asked for, yea some things did take longer then others (like cruise control). But it is here.. and there are also plenty of people out there that could give a rats rear hole about having cruise control on a bike and also ones who’d say I’d rather spend that extra 2k on aftermarket stuff (referring back to the fist part of this reply)...
My problem here is more on the philosophy, honestly it feels like looking at a BMW brochure, 6 models but I still didn't see anywhere clearly if centerstands are stock on the ATAS, also seems no heated grips and I don't think seats even exist. That to me are the things that help you on everyday touring, so seems the bill will be even worse, because you will still need to add options and OEM are too expensive.
I loved adding all my options on my AT and for stuff like the aux lights, I bought a crazy good kit from alliexpress, for less than 50$, did install myself, crash bars I got OM bars half price from Honda bars, I really don't buy in the prices of these "BMWesque" Hondas, that's where I think they are getting out of touch.
I really dislike the looks of the Yamaha Tracer 900 GT, that's why I didn't buy it, but look at specs, for curiosity I added all options like my Triumph and final price was 15'342Chf, so same price as the Tiger 800 and they have a shifter on the Yamaha.
BTW are the prices you told me in USA, without taxes depending on each states, that's why it's so cheap or not !?