As I am sure someone else has pointed out, motorcycles are looked at differently in Europe than the states. Bikes don't have the same "Outlaw" or "Racer Squid" image in Europe.
I spent over 8 years in Europe, and, for them, it's perfectly OK to ride a 500 twin that goes 100 MPH max. They also like utility more than we do, hence the proliferation of small standards and enduro-tourers.
On the plus side, we have a lot more cruisers, and bikes are generally cheaper in the states.