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Back in Canada and sad. No longer is there is choice of many wonderful bikes that are exported everywhere but North America.

First there is the whole category of Muscle bikes.

Yamaha XJR1300


Suzuki GSX1400


Honda CB1300S


Ok, we got the Kawi ZRX, but they still get them new.

Then there are the commuter bikes.

Kawi ER6N. We get the faired version as the 650EX Ninja, but the naked is nicer.


Suzuki GSR600. Kinda a mini BKing.


Yammi FZ6N. Admittedly, we get a faired version.


FZ1N if 600 CC's isn't enough for you.


MT03 if you want your 660 cc's in one cylinder.


Honda CB600F


I know that quite a few of you will confirm the stereotype of North Americans having no taste and say that are all shit, gimme the next gixxer. However, I wonder if our market will ever mature enough to allow this kind of selection.
 

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Finally there is adventure touring. BMW doesn't have the market to themselves overseas.

Honda XLV700 Transalp


Honda XL1000V Varadero


Yamaha TDM900


Yamaha XT660V Tenere
 

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Other Goodness


Honda VTR250


Honda CB1000R


Honda NT700V Deauville. Actually a bit of a stinker apparently.


Naked 1250 Bandit


Suzuki Freewind (an odd 650 single commuter)


Strange Aprilia (650 single)


Smell the 2 stroke (RS250, 59.2 kW in 140 kg)
 

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I love the look of the Honda Transalp! I could really get into a bike like that for touring. It would be awesome to have choice like this!
 

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Cool looking stuff.
 

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Remember, motorcycles are transportation in Europe, not mere toys. Until we develop a mentality that takes motorcycle ownership out of the class of powerboat ownership, we'll be limited to the ego-stroking selections that the vendors import.

Motorcycle ownership is a completely different thing in the close quarters or Europe and any third world country.

As an example. A Yamaha TW200 is a perfectly wonderful and fun bike. When was the last time you saw or rode one? Why? Because the attitude here is not to get from point to point, but to have fun and/or extend one's percieved personna thru hardware purchases.

Completely different thing elsewhere in the world.
 

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Some really cool bikes there, although I don't care for most of the "adventure bikes" or some of the 70s/80s throwbacks like the CB1300S and GSX1400..
 

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I have to admit when I was in Australia I wanted a GSX1400. They were inexpensive (a bit less than a GSXR600), torquey and had a big presence on the roads. Although the Australians are starting to get into the whole Harley thing now, this is what they formerly rode instead of cruisers.

On a test drive it reminded me of an old skool gixxer with way more torque (although less top end). It specialized on roll on acceleration.

Of course you paid for it in mass and poor suspension.
 

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Just absolutely LOVE most of the headlights on those nekkid bikes. Would make for an awesome fighter light.
 

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Remember, motorcycles are transportation in Europe, not mere toys. Until we develop a mentality that takes motorcycle ownership out of the class of powerboat ownership, we'll be limited to the ego-stroking selections that the vendors import.

Motorcycle ownership is a completely different thing in the close quarters or Europe and any third world country.

As an example. A Yamaha TW200 is a perfectly wonderful and fun bike. When was the last time you saw or rode one? Why? Because the attitude here is not to get from point to point, but to have fun and/or extend one's percieved personna thru hardware purchases.

Completely different thing elsewhere in the world.
You nailed it. After motorcycles became more categorized than ever in the late '80s and early '90s, North American riders were writing letters to magazines, apparently crying out for the return of UJMs. Well, the factories listened and introduced new UJMs, as requested. The only problem was that those who said they'd buy them... well... didn't. The manufacturers naturally concluded by that massive no-show that motorcyclists did want things sliced up into categories after all, and so it remains to this day.
 
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