I don't know if its the whole answer, I think at least part of the goal was to excite the Valk fans who have been looking for something new.
2003 GL1800/MotorTrike Adventure IDMWT#25x3
Ride often. Ride far. Ride safe and do much more of both.
Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach him how to surf the GWOF and he won't bother you for weeks, months, maybe years.
It seems to me like Honda has taking the same idea from H-D. Take your full dress bike, the Electra Glide, pull a few pieces off and rename it, the Street Glide. Honda must be looking toward a younger market. Let's face it, for H-D, the Street Glide has an appeal to the younger market where hard saddlebags are ok, but put a full size trunk on it and it says "old man's" bike. Kids nowadays just don't get the finer things in life. Ok I may be considered old these days, if you think almost 50 old, but I've wanted a full touring bike for about 30 years.
30 years ago, most people could depend on a H-D as being undependable, leaking oil and always needing to be worked on. I didn't want that in a distance touring bike. Plus the Goldwing had some nice designs.
I'll admit that H-D has come a long way in building a more dependable product and has many improvements over the years, but it's basically has the same design for the past 50 plus years. Very minor design/ body changes over that period. They all look the same. Dated!
Would I buy a H-D? Sure. Would I pay their high price for a new one? No. I would I trade my Wing for one? Hell no! I wouldn't mind having an Electra Glide to put around for a while, for the once in a while bad ass biker ego. My wife didn't like the riding position on the H-D we rented as the rear guards hit the back of her legs. I myself was quite impressed with it, although it did have a stock exhaust system, so it didn't have that oh so commom full time engine roar.
I also like this new wing , but it should have reverse as it still is a heavy bike. The rest of it I like and it should pull some younger folks into the fold. A win for me for sure ! I too am not a plastic chrome guy , I think for all add ons that are chromed plastic we need a carbon fiber alturnative . JMHO