Here's an interesting question: what does American beef treated with growth hormones have to do with the price of European motorcycles in the United States? The answer, surprisingly enough, could be plenty. It seems that the European Union has refused to lift a longstanding ban on the steroid-infused beef from the US despite a World Trade Organization order to end it. In retaliation, the US Trade Representative is considering adding a 100 percent tariff to European motorcycles with engines sized between 51cc and 500ccs.
This possible tariff is supposed to equal $116.8 million in import duties, which is what the WTO claims that the US agricultural industry misses out on yearly due to the EU ban on its meat. Considering that this is a political issue and not something directly related to the Aprilia, Beta, BMW, Fantic, Gas Gas, Husaberg, Husqvarna, KTM, Montesa, Piaggio, Scorpa, Sherco, TM and Vespa products themselves, we'll leave the comments up to others as to the fairness of the issue. We will add, though, that many US drivers have been turning to these small displacement machines in order to save a few bucks on gas.