Wasn't expecting so many responses . . . you guys actually read these!
I ride in Brazil, in the state of Bahia, about half way between Rio de Janeiro and Salvador. I'm on the coast, so it's mostly flatlands here, but tons of curves . . . and potholes galore. (This IS the Third World, remember.) My ride is a stock V-Star 650, called a DragStar down here, where they sell for about twice what they go for in the States. Gas ain't cheap either - currently around US$5 a gallon. But hey, a 20-oz bottle of beer goes for a buck!
Glad to be aboard!