Why I sold my 700 as soon as the 1000 was announced I didn't get near what I had in it but well... I overbuilt. I don't think I could get near what I got for a 700 built the same way 2 days ago. Now the portion of the market for each Honda model has become smaller and the 700 models and 1000-3 just became "60 inch budget machines" and since the 1000-5 is no longer going to be the "flagship" Honda sales and resales of it are going to tank, if Honda did well with the Talon, the 1000-5 Pioneer will be relegated to side kick or guys like me who want to trail ride with family and also need a machine to use around the homestead.You know it’s true. Honda has the best resale because people don’t sell often. Hard to find used but just like the 1000 effected the 700 this will too but across the board and hard because it’s a sport and everyone has to have one immediately. I bet used market doubles but people will take less because they need quick sale.
The sport portion of the market seems to be where all the money is, and if Honda did well its going to pull a large portion of their Pioneer 1000 customers that way. The Pioneer 1000 allowed trail capability for a novice rider that was beyond what a hardcore rider could do in a 700. With double the travel and likely 30-40% more power in a lighter machine with lower center or mass, jumping to it from a Pioneer 1000 is going to be like going from a stock 500 to a modified 1000LE.
If it DOESN'T hurt sales of the Pioneer line by 20-30% Honda dropped the ball and is going to be a laughing stock.
If it doesn't hurt sales of the other makes by 5-10% Honda did something wrong.