It's because American Honda wanted better bottom-end power, and that comes at the expense of top end. It's the same situaton as the 2007-08 CBR600RR. The Euro bike put out more peak power, but the American bike is much torquier.Anyone know why the 08 RR tops out at 10,800 and the euro bikes top out at 12k with 10 extra horsepower up top?
Huge discussion about it here:
08 CBR1000rr is less powerfull in the us than anywhere esle! - Page 85 : Honda CBR 1000RR Motorcycle Forums: 1000RR.net
Has the mag talked to anyone at honda about it?