On top of that, the Kawasaki is $3000 less expensive (adding the optional ABS reduces that to $2000) than the BMW, and it was the unrivalled winner at the racetrack. Shod with the same Pirelli tires as the Euro-bikes, it turned a best lap of 1:53-flat, making it the quickest of all. But lap times aren’t everything, and while the Kawasaki is impressive, the BMW is even more so. It cranks out over 10 more horsepower with more linear delivery; comes stock with a quick-shifter, better TC and ABS; and worked remarkably well at the racetrack right out of the box. It’s also more comfortable, with a softer seat and more spacious cockpit. And did we mention it’s available with heated handgrips?