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Supposedly some folks from Honda were saying that the Red, Blue, White HRC CRF1000L will be available in the US for 2017!!!
 

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I was initially annoyed that we didn't get the tricolor in the US, as that was my favorite. But actually the red one is growing on me, so I might have ended up with that one anyway...
 

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What's the purpose of restricting colors in different markets? Not sure I get the point of it... just import a few of the other colors too... is there more to it than that?
 

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What's the purpose of restricting colors in different markets? Not sure I get the point of it... just import a few of the other colors too... is there more to it than that?
Doubt it. They're probably limiting the color simply to add flavour(marketing) in the following year as they don't expect to sell that many in the US when compared to Africa and Europe markets.
 

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Doubt it. They're probably limiting the color simply to add flavour(marketing) in the following year as they don't expect to sell that many in the US when compared to Africa and Europe markets.
THIS.

next year they add a new colorwave and we can all ouuu and ahhh.

I'd love to see them bring back a few older, high impact liveries for nostalgia ;)

 

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I mentioned to my better half that I liked the RWB with gold rims. She gave me a slap and told me to stop choosing girly colours - think it was the gold wheels and the white pearlescent that tipped her over the edge. She doesn't do heritage (other than the fact she's younger than me).

She prefers the all black one...
 

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What's the purpose of restricting colors in different markets? Not sure I get the point of it... just import a few of the other colors too... is there more to it than that?
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.
 

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I mentioned to my better half that I liked the RWB with gold rims. She gave me a slap and told me to stop choosing girly colours - think it was the gold wheels and the white pearlescent that tipped her over the edge. She doesn't do heritage (other than the fact she's younger than me).

She prefers the all black one...
well did you kindly inform her that you don't choose the color of her eye shadow... >:)
 

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SO I just read over on ADV that the reason no tri-color in the USA is because Honda Europe has exclusive rights to it...

Honda EU was the lead on getting this bike build. As such the lead gets exclusive rights to their 1st year color of choice. Honda EU choose tri color & thus Honda NA could not get it even if they wanted it. This is how Honda corp works and is directly from a high level Honda employee.

Not saying it's true, but a very good excuse for 'next year'
 

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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
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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?
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Yeah, I agree. I think the silver color scheme was designed to be a safe, sensible, commuter option. But as it turns out, Honda have just created a bike that's too exciting to feel right being that understated. Silver works for the NC750 bikes, but not for the Africa Twin.

Still, they've made them now, and have to sell them somewhere so I suppose restricting color options in certain markets is a way to do that.

I'm just glad we're getting the dakar red color this year. I'd have had a really really tough time picking between the tricolor and dakar red, so not having the option at least means I don't have to agonize over that!

If we'd only got the silver in the DCT at launch, I may have given some consideration to waiting another year to buy. That's how much I hate the silver. Sorry silver lovers if you're out there, just my opinion!
 
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