a very interesting topic!
Enviromental protection has been an important topic in Germany for 25 years now.
Germany was governed by the Social Democrats (Labour party) and Green Party (ecological party) for 8 years till end of last year.
You can surely argue about what this brought to our country.
But also the EC /EU (European Community / Union) forces the European countries to do more for enviromental protection.
That the main reason why we can't import the 2006 Estrella to Germany because we now have the EURO III emission restrictions.
The restrictions meant the end for the GPZ500S and many other bikes in Germany.
Some of our forum members (especially Blund and I) would import a 2006 Estrella as Grey Import from Japan if there weren't the EURO III restrictions.
Even though Germany is the "country of the cars" our car builders slept much too long! Japan and France are muh better and faster in Diesel emission cleaning and the Toyota hybrid technology has been a major topic!
It is unbelievable that we still have no speed limits on many German motorways but the car lobby is very strong here.
The European motorcycle builder still sleep and trust in old technology. They only do what must be done because of EU restrictions (or does anyone know better?).
Maybe we'll get motorcycles with built in digital sound processors which make the motorcycles sound like the old machines?!