Sure, but that doesn't exactly make for interesting comparisons. Even if its a segment to itself, what other bikes will be cross shopped in your opinion?
My opinion is probably not valid due to my preference for a well rounded bike that handles really great firstly, secondly is overall drivabilty motor-wise,looks, then overall hp comes last.
This kind of thinking clearly is not in agreement with most pholks.
I ride Palomar Mtn. which puts a premium on quick, light handling and useable hp. No one on the mountain can use more than about 120 hp and that just for a moment or two.
I don't drag race, or ride much on the track so top speed and big hp numbers that can only be accessed by spinning the motor to 8K rpm before it starts to make hp is of very little use.
How often does anyone use 14k rpm in any of the top gears?
Moto gp knows that to win first the power must be useable and long straights only come once a lap whereas corner exits are everywhere.
So that's why I think this bike is important.... it's the first modern litre bike to give us big power/torque down low where us mere mortals can use it.
Sorry for being a prick but big hp is only good for bench racing with inexperienced riders and 15 year old boys to hang bedroom posters on the wall.
My very recent experience that allows me to make these statements is the ownership of a 2011 BMW 1000RR and my 2006 999R Ducati.
While I was marginally faster on the BMW it was HARD WORK to ride it like it was meant to be ridden ie: above 8K rpm in the twisties at 10/10ths.
My Duc makes about 150HP but it makes good power down low and plenty enough top end so this kind of power delivery makes it easier to ride fast without beating me to death.
It seems to me that most people on these forums only look for dyno numbers and never mention the rest of the motorcycle.
This is normal if you are young but as you mature into a true motorcyclist you will find that advertising and popular (mis) information is mostly a case of "the emperor has no clothes".
Sorry again if this seems like a lecture, we old guys tend to do this too much 0