Yeah, yeah - we "Europeans" are at fault for discovering the Americas... I gues we screwed that one up too, ha?!?
All jokes aside, speaking of different cultures, I have never seen such elaborated Speed Bike customizing as in the US. The 1000+ bikes are absolutely awesome and impressive for any European. Obviously there's no use for elongated swingarms in Europe because it's twisties that rule the riding scene and not dragways, but these are really cool and that is that!
A friend of mine just came from Germany today and he will be here for a year in a technical exchange at the company that I work for. Maybe, just maybe, I got the help that I needed to get my project started (he works, I watch and all for a few
Anyway, here is my personal classification:
Standard - Triumph Speed Triple (very biased opinion on my side)
Sport Tourer - BWM K1600 GT (agree)
Tourer - Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero (Old-school done right)
Open Bike - Duc MultiStrada 1200S (interesting category...)
Superbike - BMW S1000 RR (simply amazing)
Middleweight Streetbike - Yamaha FZ8 (street, not track)
Cruiser - Yamaha Star Stryker (New, beats the competition, priced right)
Enduro - KTM 690 Enduro R (true enduro, real enduro experience)
Dual Sport - Triumph Tiger 800XC (agree, but leaning towards BMWs)
Motocrosser - Suzuki RM-Z450 (no other suggestion - I like Husqvarna, but do not know enough about these)
I do not want to post anything from outside the US, but here are two interesting bikes to look at:
Let me know what you think!