Freaky, having lived in the UK many years I'd say its unlikely
They'll usually want you to have a European, preferably UK driving license and also usually they'll ask for a utility (gas, water, electric) bill shown in your name with a UK address that tallies with your driving license.
I can't believed how lapse/different it is in the States. All the dealer bikes seem to have their ignition keys left in them and some dealers don't even ask to see your license before letting you test ride. In the UK a lot of those test riders wouldn't come back with the bikes again!