On the bike selection: Some of what I've read and seen makes it appear as if some of the bikes are "old school" sportbikes (if there is such a thing). I just though I noticed an old GSX Katana model in there somewhere. Anyway, I'd buy it or better yet Father's Day isn't far.
i've been playing it a lot, and it's fun. there are a lot of older bikes. the selection is large and varied overall.
there are never very many bikes on the track at once, though- that's really the only problem with the game, imo. You get four riders including the player in races, and three in challenges.
win a challenge, keep the bike you rode in that challenge. so, there's no money in the game at all, and only limited upgrades available. street bikes generally have exhaust and tire upgrades that can be fitted, and they come with the bike when you win it.
winning races unlocks special bikes and licensed apparel. there are a LOT of jackets, helmets, gloves, racing suits, etc to be unlocked. you can set up 4 (iirc) sets of clothes to select from- two for street, two for track. you can also set up different riding style profiles that will control how your rider leans into turns and generally handles the bike. i haven't gotten too tweaky with the riding styles yet, but there appears to be a great range of adjustability, and there are a couple of presets to try out.
graphics are very nice in one player mode. it uses the gran turismo 4 engine, so if you've seen that you know what to expect. it's impressive- i'd say the quality of the visuals is an upgrade over gt4. the bike models are extremely detailed. 2 player split screen races bring a fairly large drop in visual quality, but at least the frame rate stays as steady as the single player mode. it looks like you've suddenly switched to gt3.
Tourist Trophy also shares gt4's 1080i support, though i don't have access to a 1080i display to test this feature myself.
you can also save snapshots from your replays. these pictures can be saved to USB flash dirves as JPEG files and then transferred to computers. for printing, or whatever. i've uploaded a few from one race to flickr. click the badge to check them out . . . .
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Sucka's I'm about 43% through the game. The hardest challenge I've had so far is the TZ125 Challenge. I got use to riding the powerful bikes I won and then had to adjust to carrying as much speed as possible. Just won the last race.