I was just killing some time, looking at what bikes are offered in the US. Being a fairly new rider, when I bought my V7, I was quite frustrated with the lack of mid-displacement (400-500cc) bikes in our market, and the lack of standards. There is a huge void between the 250cc beginner bikes (not that they're limited to beginners, the TU250X is a nice all-rounder) and 700cc and bigger cruisers and sport bikes. One of the bikes I was considering for my first bike was the venerable Suzuki GS500 -- a great all-rounder, good beginner bike with enough more power than the 250's to keep the new rider's interest for a lot longer than a 250. Suzuki still offers it in the rest of the world, but not in the US. They also still offer the excellent SV650 and Bandit (650 & 1250) elsewhere in the world, but not here. The only bikes that they offer that are "standard" bikes are the TU250X, GZ250 (which is more a cruiser with its forward controls), and the GSX1250FA, which they call a standard, but is fully-faired sport bike with a little more upright seating than the GSXR. Looking at Kawasaki, nothing between 250 and 650. The Ninja 500, and excellent mid-displacement bike is gone from the US Lineup. In fact the only bike they offer suitable for a beginner (not counting the KLX250 dual sport) is the Ninja 250R. No standards of any kind or even cruisers under 900cc. The W800 retro-standard, available elsewhere, but not in the US. Even at 650cc, if they brought back the W650, it'd be a great bike to have here. With Honda, it is as similar story, cruisers, sports, and dual sport, but no standard, and nothing between 250 and 600cc. Even in Europe they don't offer anything between 250 and 600cc, but at least they get the CBF-series, which are a naked standard bike. Honda offers the CB400SF in their home market, which would be a great mid-displacement bike to have here in the US: http://www.honda.co.jp/CB400SF/ Yamaha, same deal. The "Star" cruise line has a 250, and then 900 and bigger. On the Sport side, they have the Sport Touring FJR (1300cc), and the FZ, and YZF series sport bikes -- all larger than 600cc and way more bike than a lot of people need/want. In the Dual Sport side on things, they offer the Super Tenere, and the various 200-250cc models, again nothing in between. OK, so that is the big four. Moto Guzzi, of course offers the Nevada 750 and V7 Classic, both 750cc bikes that have power similar to the big-four Japanese mfg's 500's, so these both qualify (all the other bike from MG are 1050 and bigger). BMW, well, they cost too much anyway, but you get litre plus bikes from them unless you go dual sport with the F650 (is it still offered, or just the F800). Anyway, you all get my point, enough of my rant. I am quite happy with my V7 Classic, but I'd like to see more offered in its market.