Other minor tweaks for 2020 are a second USB connector in the left saddlebag, while the new Tour version gets LED fog lights and bigger passenger grab handles.
The 2018 update was much more extensive with the introduction of Apple CarPlay, adjustable electric windscreen, major weight loss, new frame, double wishbone front suspension, Smart Key, four selectable riding modes, Hill Start Assist and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC).
The flat-six engine was also revamped with four valves per cylinder.
A combination of stiffly sprung modern motorcycles and old war wounds have many mature-aged riders searching for motorcycles with the most comfortable ride.
I’ve ridden a lot of different bikes over the years and what stands out is how soft old bikes were and how stiff modern bikes are.
This trend is to improve handling and cope with larger and heavier riders. However, it presents problems for riders who suffer from old motorcycle injuries or arthritis.
You could buy an old bike with sagging springs for a softer ride, but they handle poorly. The soft springs also mean you hit the bump stops which pounds your body every time you clout a reasonably sized bump or pothole. And isn’t that a too-frequent occurrence!
If you want a bike that handles yet still has a plush ride, there are some modern motorcycles that offer both.
But first let’s rule out bikes that are uncomfortable.
That means just about every over-sprung, under-damped Ducati and most sports bikes, except those special editions with uprated suspension from experts such as Ohlins, Sachs, Kayaba, etc.
It also means ruling out “slammed” cruisers such as many of Harley’s line-up, especially anything with the word “Lo” in the model name.
In fact, many cruisers that are considered comfortable have short rear springs that won’t save your spine if you hit a big bump.
Making a bike more comfortable
If you can’t find a comfy bike, get one with decent-length springs and fit better suspension with decent damping.