Seeing a post in the new bike thread the other day about a member who had just purchased a 2011 Repsol CBR1000rr got me thinking about how the big 4 differ from the European brands when it comes to marketing their bikes. When you buy a "special edition" bike from Japan it's nearly always a sticker kit/ new paint scheme on a totally standard bike (R1, GSXR1000, Repsol Blade) When you buy a "special edition" bike from Europe you might end up with a different paint scheme but also performance mods which may include a quickshifter, ohlins, brembos etc...(Daytona 675R, various Ducatis, various Aprilias as an example) Other than the YZF-R1 SP from 1996 that came equipped with Ohlins forks and rear shock(at a very hefty price and in very limited numbers) I can't remember the last time the Big 4 made a special edition bike worth buying over a standard one from a performance point of view. Obviously engine and exhaust mods are out due to emissions but who else is salivating over a GSXR-750 with a powershifter, ohlins suspension and Marchesini wheels? I would have thought with economies of scale the Japanese have been all over this, after all if Triumph can build a 675r with all the good kit for about 2k more than a standard bike why can't they? Your thoughts?