I was riding purely on pavement with the sport bikes and generally at speeds between 40 and 80 MPH, occasionally 80-100. Once I got my first real dual sport bike I started exploring more and found many great paved roads that turned into dirt, then back into pavement. Not only are these roads fun but have little traffic and virtually no police. Where someone rides will partly dictate what bike works best. Although I have never ridden in Europe, I have done some driving in Germany and Italy. The roads and driving conditions are considerably different. If I lived in Germany I would not have the same bikes I have now. I recently moved from Georgia to Alabama and the conditions are different enough that my bikes are no longer as good of a fit as they were in Georgia. I do plan on buying something more powerful than what I have now although nothing near 150 HP and nothing over 500 lbs. So, how much experience do you have on American roads?