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It's not a case of learning from Yamaha's mistake, is it?
 

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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?
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.

For any street rider, the American CBR's powerband is preferable. Think about it: how many times do you get a chance to go WFO to redline on the street? Big peak numbers are meaningful only to racers and those with inferiority complexes. Take a look at our dyno graphs and try to convince me the CBR's engine is inferior to the others.
 
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