IMO making bikes accessible for older, handicapped, short, new etc. riders is not stupid at all. In fact, getting "ordinary people" to ride is what's Honda been doing for like half a century. I'm pretty sure we wouldn't be where we are today without that approach. That's just the next step, not that dissimilar in spirit from automatic transmissions or CBS.
There's an abundance of hardcore bikes, it's nice that Honda is still breaking grounds in filling the non-hardcore niche.
Some of the nay-sayers sound to me like "power steering in cars is stupid, if you can't turn the wheel with just your muscles, get a smaller car or take the bus"...
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