Hah! Got your attention, did I?
Well, it's happening: new laws in BC will restrict horsepower on bikes--for new riders only. It's part of revamping of the graduated licensing program here; currently, new riders have to ride with a "learner's permit" for a minimum of 2 weeks prior to taking a skills exam, after which they get a "novice permit" which they have to ride with for at least another two weeks (these times will be changed under the new program, and some other restrictions changed).
So, how much horsepower will newbies be allowed to have, here in BC? Will it be the same as Britain (33 hp, AFAIK)? Will it be ridiculously low, like 10? Or a more reasonable 50?
Nope, none of the above: the new laws will restrict new riders to a maximum of 98 hp.
And people are already complaining that it's not enough. "What about a retired guy who wants to learn to ride, so he can get a Gold Wing for touring?" they ask. "But, new car drivers aren't restricted!" And, of course, "Betcha the dealers will suffer!"
Personally, I welcome the restriction--except that I'd rather see it lower. 50 hp seems eminently reasonable to me. Oh, well...at least it should reduce the number of brand new riders getting full-on race replicas.
Hell, I got two decades of riding experience, and I've never owned a bike with 98 hp (my current Buell, rated 92 hp, is the most powerful I've ever owned). In France, AFAIK, bikes are restricted to 99 hp across the board. And both I, and I'm sure most riders in France, manage to get by...
For more info on this, I refer you to this thread on the BC Rider's forum.