Maybe I shouldn't be commenting on this as I am not a sports bike fan. I understand the things and love to watch racing be it Motogp or Superbike and greatly admire the skills of Stoner, Rossi, Lorenzo and Biaggi etc. To me that's where these things belong, on the track. Race rep wannabe's thrashing the things on the road are what gives bikers a bad name now that the Hells Angels association has finally been consigned to history(maybe).
Can't understand either the arguments about how it looks either, paint a ZX10 red and put that picture in the article and you couldn't tell the difference. All bikes wrapped in plastic look the same, they're just different colours and oh yes the mirrors are ugly aren't they, pah. I want a bike to show it's engineering, something Brunellian, steam punk whatever you want to call it. Roland Sands designs and builds such things of articulate beauty, we all want one if we're honest so why on earth can't the factories come up with such things, after all it's merely esthetics and custom builders are doing it in sheds all over the world. I ride a mildly customised 1988 Vmax, fast as I ever need to go and looks the bollox, wonderful machine and esthetically different to anything else. It's me and it's mine and I'm not anyone else and have no desire whatever to fit in and be like anyone else or to shove down anyones throat that what I have is top notch expensive and better than yours. It's just mine.
As for Ducati taking engineering to another level, I would argue that they are merely taking an existing old design as far as they can take it. That ultra short stroke 90 degree Vtwin is going to be right on the edge as far as performance and reliability are concerned, and that ally monocoque front end has been trashed in Motogp and a lot of riders are going to be scared by it. they shouldn't be as they won't be riding the thing on Bridgestone's Motogp control tyre and taking it nowhere near the edge, so it will handle just fine, as it will for Carlos Checa as he's a better rider and he'll be on Pirelli's.
We've had the 24 page pull out, next it'll be Neevsey telling us just how fantastic it is, how it does everything better than anything else while it gets hammered by the S1000RR in the comparison tests, doesn't want to spoil his chances of future invitations to road test Ducati's new wonder machines rather than tell it like it is. BobLeDuc is right, it's in the gut man, but I want something to show that it's been engineered, not injection moulded. I still have that genetic memory, link to my stone tool making ancestors who first tamed and rode horses because that's where my connection to bikes comes from.