This is one area where I think the manufacturers here are missing out: If you want to trade up from your CBR250R, what are the choices? At a Honda dealership here it’s the NC700X if you want to stay at least somewhat sporty, or you have to go right to the CBR600RR. In a Canadian Honda dealership, you can choose from the NC700X, the NC700S (a naked version of the adventure-touring X model), or the CBF600S (a semi-naked four-cylinder). I use Honda as an example, but few—if any—of the manufacturers here offer more than one or two models between their entry-level bike and their middleweight sportbike. There are so few that we can cover the segment with a group test every couple of years, and even then it’s a stretch to have more than a handful of entries. It’s not just a displacement or experience issue, either; there is a big price jump if you go right from a 250 or 300 to a middleweight sportbike, which I think turns a lot of people away from trading up.