EXACTLY! So much for that "The R1 is a better trackbike!" bullshit. And the Superstock and IOM Superstock results are more indicative of real-world mods and stock-ish bikes, not gazillion-dollar factory specials. And as far as lacking a "soul", I say bullshit to that to. It doesn't have to be cantankerous and painful to ride to have a "soul". One trip to redline even with a stock pipe, to hear that scream, gets me every time. To me, my 'RR is my most trusted companion, as fast, flickable and stable as I'll ever need, and as yet as reliable as I'd ever want (unlike the Italian bikes).My mate just traded his rsv4 for an R1M. Says he wouldn't have an S1000rr because it has no soul. I think if you brought a base RR and put ohlins gear in it instead of the DDC it would probably be just as good on track as anything. Well it actually is better then everything. We won superstock 1000 4 or 5 years since the bike was made. The R1 is yet to win.
If I had my choice of a racebike, I'd get a base 'RR, get the lightest wheels, and the best Ohlins and brembo gear I could afford. Done. For the street, I love my DDC, especially for long trips (did 420 miles on my trip last Thursday, and another 350 this Tuesday). Try THAT on a Panigale or RSV4...