Originally Posted by Digital.James
can't say I'm surprised by the outcome. Ducati has always been behind performance wise when compared to the Japanese bikes in the past and now it's behind the BMW... can't understand why you would spend 25k on a 1199S when you can get the faster BMW for 17k. Sounds like 2005 all over again when the K5 Gixxer was worlds faster then the 05 999 for much less money.
Not always about which bike is faster. I'd take the Duc over the BMW. Funny how "faster" in "street"/"dyno"/magazine tests isn't really translating into "faster" in WSBK though. Last year Checa was pounding the competition with his 1098R, while BMW barely had 3 podiums (all 3rd place.) BMW is certainly looking better this year, but the "old" 1098R is still leading the pack with podiums and wins....
Plus, MCN is the Car&Driver of Motorcycle reviewers, they always pick the BMW.
My plan is to pick up a 2013 1199S/Tricolore in 2015, figure I'll be able to get it for half price and all the "Mk 1 Mod 0" gremlins will be gone. Much like how I bought my 2008 1098S...