We contacted American Honda about whether the company might bring the CB1000R to the States, because it sure seems like a winner. But the company's response—while enthused about the bike's riding qualities and fit into the U.S. market—was somewhat measured due to the fact that the machine was conceived in Europe for the European market, and is manufactured at Honda Italy. This would make it a bit pricey for us. At the current exchange rate, CB1000R pricing in Europe (excluding the Value Added Tax) is running about $11,200 for the standard bike and $11,700 for the C-ABS model. Competing bikes like the Yamaha FZ1and Triumph Speed Triplecome in under $10,000. Nonetheless, the CB1000R would make a great addition to the U.S. lineup. For the full story, see the October, 2009, issue of Cycle World.