The economic slow down isn't just confined to the USA. Japan had been having some tough economic times even before 9/11. It should be interesting to see what effect the economy will have on Japanese bike prices. As the conglomerates have to tighten belts across the board, will they be able to keep the costs down? The Suzuki-Kawisaki deal is evidence of this problem. I believe you will see a reduction of the number of types of bikes offered by the big four in reaction to the economic slow down. They will no longer be able to produce bikes that sell in small numbers.