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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-29-2010, 03:20 AM Thread Starter
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Differences between european and american

ive always been curious what are the differences between the bikes in europe and the bikes in the states are. Or other places in the world. Does anybody know what the different regulations are and also any cosmetic stuff? Ive heard that in europe one of the cool things that come normal on bikes is that they have an extra light in the top corner of their headlights. I thought that was pretty cool, is there anything else going on?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-29-2010, 04:27 AM
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mine has the accent light or what they are called, also come standard with flush mount indicators, dont need the jumper mod either for full power -
probably just coincidence but I haven't heard about any bikes with the 2nd gear outside of US either
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I know for cars, the head lights have a different beam pattern in Europe. Europe being the superior beam pattern as it projects the light further (due to the higher speeds the run over there) No sure if it applies to bikes tho.

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In France there's a 100hp limit for bikes... not sure the ninja suffers from this plague or not
and we have no exhaust black box like the CALI bikes...
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First I've heard of a 100 bhp limit in France.

Headlights are no different in the EU - just better regulated. Doesn't mean that the lights on US kit are not worse, but if you buy a European or Japanese car or bike you get the same lights in every country that it's sold in. There are no extra lights on EU bikes.

Changes are usually to satisfy local emissions or noise rules - that tends to mean extra kit for CA and in some cases, cheaper stuff for the other states that wouldn't be allowed in the EU.

There are some cosmetic changes and name changes, but only for marketing purposes.

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The EU bikes for some of the ZX6R had what is called city lights in the upper corners of the headlight housing. (Orange/Amber and used for running/parking lights along with the low-beam)

Also Euro versions of the ZX6/ZX10/ZX14-Concours-ZZR1400 have a dedicated flash-to pass switch and the hi-beam switch. (Extra-button on the left side control housing)

Plus they usually have a little more power (Europe has more potent fuel, look at 07+ Zx6R and you'll notice that the Euro versions have O2 sensors to adjust fuel on the fly compared to the US variants)....

& of course they get the immobiliser units (Very noticable Red - Immobiliser Ring around the ignition key cyclinder) which uses coded keys with a code-matched ECU (We here in the states get left out with this feature)
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First I've heard of a 100 bhp limit in France.

Headlights are no different in the EU - just better regulated. Doesn't mean that the lights on US kit are not worse, but if you buy a European or Japanese car or bike you get the same lights in every country that it's sold in. There are no extra lights on EU bikes.

Changes are usually to satisfy local emissions or noise rules - that tends to mean extra kit for CA and in some cases, cheaper stuff for the other states that wouldn't be allowed in the EU.

There are some cosmetic changes and name changes, but only for marketing purposes.

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Are you saying the lights on the bikes are the same US vs. EU, or Car lights in general are the same? I had a US Spec VW GTI that I brought over to Germany for 4 years (Military) and without a doubt the beam pattern built into the reflective portion/glass of the light is different... also if we (US military) bring our cars to the UK we either have to buy UK lights, or buy sticker kits that block out parts of the beam pattern because you guy drive on the other side of the road, and our lights have potently to blind on coming drivers. Next time your in your car pay close attention... you have slightly more light on the right side (US Drivers) than the left. They do this so your head lights have a lesser affect on, on coming traffic.

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European Lighting

Driving at night is only as safe as the distance you can see in front of the car. More light projected further down the road where you need it is exactly the advantage a European beam offers over the dated North American beam pattern.
European headlights offer a drastic improvement in beam pattern and brightness of the headlight. They reflect a much crisper defined beam of light down on the road, even without increased bulb wattage.
For off road use only in select areas, please check your local laws."

Taken from ECSTuning's website ECSTuning.com. The "for off road use only" thing is because the are not DOT approved, the are TUV approved

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Theres your difference.

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As far as I knew... the only difference would be that the cluster on the bike is set to metric instead of standard on the showroom floor for the most part.

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