First the paint. Black Green, Honda calls it. It's a lovely, diamond-hard color, more black than green, that both captures and reflects light like the water in a deep granite quarry. (If you didn't grow up near one of these, take my word for it. The Lady of the Lake is down there.) The front fork tubes, headlight brackets, handlebars, levers and triangulated footpeg brackets are all forged or spun, polished and beautifully crafted. D.I.D. alloy rims, which have always been up to the best world standards, remain so on this bike, and the conical hubs are equally pleasing.