Why do people say it's overpriced? When you think about everything that has gone into this bike and what it cost to engineer it, produce it and market, you realize that the price is deserved.
I engineer high tech items for a living. There's a lot more than simply making a drawing and handing it to a machine shop. You have to reasearch, theorize, design and refine concurrently with every other new part, select materials, analyze, refine some more, make prints, define processes, source competent vendors and keep them honest (feckin' Chinese vendors we're forced to use by corporate suits), test first issue prototypes, refine the design some more, do it all again, put the bike together, test it, refine the systems, dial it in, decide if it's worthy, then you decide to start producing it. I'm not even going to get into all the other office based stuff from purchasing to accounting, marketing, warehousing and such. Then an industrial engineer has to set up the shop so the product can be cranked out, tested and crated for shipping. Then there's the cost of the premises where the product is built and all it's associated costs to keep the doors open and employee costs.
They built something that's nearly as advanced as any factory MotoGP bike on the grid. Actually moreso because the rules prohibit much of the technology that's on this bike. This is leaps and bounds better than the Desmodecci that came before it.
So, is it really that expesive still?
If you can't afford it, don't blame Ducati. But I think that for what you get, it's a steal.