What I would have written back in 2000, had there been a point, was that the SB8K was the best twin-cylinder sportbike I'd ever ridden; more than a match for the reigning Ducati 996 and miles better than the rotary-shocked Suzuki TL1000R from which its engine was derived. It retained the SB8R's trick composite frame with twin aluminum spars and carbon-fiber swingarm plates but ditched the '80s-era tanktop snorkels in favor of a proper ram-air system. And the 2006 SB8K Santamonica, with its Ohlins 43mm fork and radially mounted Brembo brakes, is even better! With a claimed 142.6 horsepower in a package purportedly (and optimistically) weighing 385 pounds dry, it certainly gets out of its own way, especially compared to its Ducati 1000 DS-powered stablemates, the DB5 and Tesi 2D. Alas, it's a nearly decade-old design, and feels dated compared to the Ducati 999 developed in the interim.