Are you ever defending a lame duck.
In my opinion,
You are doing nothing but making excuses for Honda's misrepresentation of the bike.
To me, it's just another GL 650 Leadwing.
It looks great on the showroom floor, load it up take it out, and it can't really do what they said it was designed for.
I'm a 55 year Honda man, I would love to be just as impressed with the wife's new bike as you seem to be, but I call a spade a spade when I've bought one.
I'm sorry if I offended any other NC owners out there sharing our experience.