... but really my Panigale S is a step up in every regard. And the power is nothing short of spectacular, so I can't agree with these comments. And it has more soul and emotions that the BMW can ever hope to have...
1) Independent, one on one Dyno testing puts rear wheel power of the Panigale lower that S1RR's.
2) Independent journalists also have stated that the power is virtually unusable on the road cos it hits too hard at higher revs and the front end still feels unstable.
3) The build quality of parts on the Panigale is questionable. The S1RR is better built without even trying. The HP4 is so much better than the Panigale's it's laughable
4) What the Fck is 'soul' and 'emotion'!! As I was once told, "it's a way of really saying OVER PRICED." Back when bikes were hand made and hand tuned there was an argument for this. Now, the vast majority of bikes are massed produced, including Ducati's.
I owned an 1198S and loved riding it cos it pulled excellent wheelies but the standard S1RR with TC, ABS, Quick Shifter etc is a way better bike.
Ducati's sound excellent and look sexy. Personally, I love the way the S1RR's and now the HP4 looks and can tell you that no version of Panigale will get close, 'Pound for Pound' to the HP4.