It really is curious why Honda ignores alot of street bike segments though. The VFR is an age old V4 design with no real upgrades since it went to 800cc. The ST1300 tourer is exactly the way it was 10 years ago. The CBR1100xx just dropped out, as did the SuperHawk and the RC51. The 919/599 series fades in and out, the Varadero shoulda sold here against the V Strom but was Euro only.
Yeah they do the 600 and 1000 sport class well and update frequently but they just don't change it up the way Suzuki, Kawasaki, or Yamaha does. Maybe Honda is too busy with Dirt bikes and ATV's?? Maybe it's car division eats up all the R&D money?
The beginner 250/500 cc segment may just be such a low $$ small peice of the pie they don't want to mess with it.