Re: To the Euros; why only 900rr??
we (Germany) don't have too many 'big' new sportsbike, because you simply cannot afford the taxes/registration and insurance on them (the difference in the purchase price is not even the worst) the other thing (I don't if applicable anymore) but you could not register anything what had more than 100hp. And what's the point to have this new super bike when you put stuff in to reduce it to 100hp.
In Germany lots of bikes are reduced power by the way anyway since there is the two step license:
Firstly, you have a real riding test before you get the license (when you have the license your riding skills are at a level you can take on any rush hour traffic twisties or Autobahn - as a matter of fact you have to go there for your test) Not like this joke here in the US but also costs much more then consequently. With that you get a license with the ristriction of max 34hp (formerly 27hp) bikes after two years and beeing riding a bike during this time you can upgrade to the 'open' version. (in my days the open version was another written and even more skills/traffic test, now you don't have to do the extra tests anymore). So the first two years you're putting along on somehthing really small and slow. That's probably why you see so many small bikes there. This is what you do for the 'real' license when you're 18. There are also other classes for when you're 16 (but then for even slower less powerful bikes/scooters/mopeds)
Have fun in Europe!
Last edited by twistE; 09-11-2009 at 12:11 PM.