Gives me hope that there is still some sanity remaining in the world. 46 BHP is about what a 1963 Bonneville turned out - quite enough for anyone with a big right fist. And by the look of the frame and brakes, it might actually handle better. I'd much rather see a kid on that than a Fireblade. They might actually learn how to fix their bike. It looks like it might be rebuildable.
That price brings long-term inflation into perspective. When I left N-V in the spring of 1968, I could have bought a factory-fresh Commando for 1200 UK pounds. My total net worth at the time was about 25% of that, so I declined since I knew surviving our first two weeks in the US without my first Boeing pay-check would be difficult enough with such meagre resources.
I rather like it. But £5999 translates to about US$8000, and for that I can get a lot more of everything except nostalgia in modern bikes. Of course, I could say the same about my Commandos, and I'd never trade them for modern bikes. I hope the bikes are a success for them. Maybe I can find one in the used market in a few years, if I'm not too feeble to ride by then. With some head work, better cam, etc., they should be good for at least an honest 60 hp, and that's enough for serous fun on the road.
I could get excited about the RE 650, but I'll wait to see what bugs surface, then, if I'm still a player I'll look for a used example and let the person who purchased it new suck up the depreciation and break it in.
I do have a 2000 Kawasaki W-650; I found it in a barn about 60 miles west of here about 6 years ago, with 571 miles showing; it now has about 7200. It is a sweetheart, and very comparable to the RE 650 in just about every respect. I sure hope the RE is as pleasant to ride.