Now though the older ones seem to have come into their own. Someone turned up to my local VJMC meeting on a 400 Hondamatic - the semi auto one - back before the lockdown and it was the centre of attention. I'd much rather have one of those now than the revised Eurostyle version which have taken on a blandness that's out of kilter with 2020 styling. I'd still prefer a (5 speed) CB77 but that's more my hair shirt nature coming to the fore. The process does fall down though with the LE Velo - still (to my eye) as ugly as tin 60yrs on. I remember musing on one that was in my local (as in closest to my house) bike dealers, Ralf Seymour's, some years back that it would be more interesting with a load of holes drilled through the sheet metal so it looked like it was made from Meccano. Probably just as well I'm not a product designer though.
I did wonder with Andy's H2 pic above whether this was Kawasaki trying to produce something like a 2 wheel Bugati Veyron - tip the company's technology base under the bonnet / tank and see if some of the glitter drifts down to the stuff they actually want to sell. Worked in the past. I'm not sure you're actually meant to have these thing in public ownership though. To prove they work you give them to a few selected space cadet journalists (or Top Gear) and stand back to avoid getting run over by the superlatives (they need the glitz to sell the mags). They're then quietly wheeled off to museums (NR750 anyone).