Repeat the survival mantra: "This is a $65,000 motorcycle." Now aim it down a straight piece of suitably desolate pavement and get some. The tach flicks toward 10,000 in the first three gears while the front wheel loses interest in the pavement and Mr. Sphincter tries to inhale the natty suede upholstery, all in less time than it takes to read this sentence. Still, unlike being shot out of a GSX-R1000 cannon, the twin's acceleration is much more manageable. Things get very serious to the right of 7000 rpm, but there's no nasty spike in the power delivery to upset this designer apple cart. An Evoluzione throttle ($90) helps there, slowing down the first half of the grip's rotation where you need to feed power with maximum precision, then speeding things up a bit from there. Relative to any current liter-class four, this maximum 999 generates staggering corner speed with a lot less effort. Far smoother than any other Ducati, the evo-r makes 80-mph corners feel more like 60. The 16-tooth countershaft and 39-tooth rear-wheel sprocket (with a lightweight D.I.D.520 chain in between) add up to more useable acceleration than the standard R's 15/36 combination.