One thing I have noticed reading this thread is the guys making the argument for the little bike all live at almost sea level. Correct me if I`m wrong, but almost all are at a lower elevation. We start off at 6000 ft and all our events are usually higher than that. A 125 at 8000 ft above sea level is starting to feel like a moped with suspension and good brakes. Just trying to bridge the gap here why most U.S. riders tend to ride the larger machines.