After seeing some of the comments about the recently introduced Honda Fury, I can appreciate Honda’s thinking and the same goes for the 2010 Triumph Thunderbird. Both of these bikes are simply a blank canvas for whatever the owner wants to create. Both are complete and finished on the dealer floor but, as offered, very plain. Though Harley Davidson has always promoted the sale of accessories in a major way, these bikes come in at a lower price point and practically require the addition of either factory accessories or aftermarket parts. Without them, they look like something is missing and what’s missing is your input. It’s almost like they are asking for your opinion on the final design. Of course, a large percentage of bikes are modified in some way soon after purchase but not all require it as much as these two.
What other bikes would you consider a blank canvas? What companies or market segments might benefit from having one?
Quick follow up question: Do you prefer a bike you need to customize to meet your needs or one that has everything you want right from the start?