She likes it. It's not like se's riding anyone on the back anyway. Plus it was easier for me to shave the seat for her and avoid lowering the bike. I also just got done recovering the seat in that picture. It used to be black. I just got her what she wanted. I don't care what the seat looked like, just thought it was a good starter for her.
Honestly dude, I've been wondering that myself. It's the only bike that honda changed that year, plus it's the only one that didn't go with an undertail exhaust. Maybe they're just trying to make it different. Personally, I think they should have left it with the split seat. Gives it a cleaner look.
Hondas have always had much more potential than they actually put out on the market. Their motors are a lot stronger, but there are so many mods that you have to do to them in order to get the performance, but it's her first bike, and it does what we need it to do.....gives her the power for a beginner so she doesn't get bored with it after six months or so.