Originally Posted by maswastage
I'm not a bike guy so I'll freely admit that maybe I just don't "get it." But I'll always take 4 wheels and 4 sets of brakes over 2 wheels and 2 sets of brakes. That's what gives cars the advantage through corners. Motorcycles are quick because they're light; just an engine with wheels, really. If you do that to a car (i recall the Ariel Atom test on Top Gear) it will be quicker than a bike.
That said, I have much respect for the 1000rr because it is very impressive. It's just not for me.
A well ridden sportbike will usually beat a car, even through the corners. Sport Rider Magazine did a comparison: BMW S1000RR vs. E92 M3 around Streets of Willow. The S1000RR SPANKED the DCT equipped M3 by over 6.5 seconds. That is FRIGGIN' HUGE! Half of those seconds came on straight-aways, and the rest came in the turns.
Just like anything though, you can always find one vehicle that will beat another, especially if you get esoteric enough.