For all their similarities, these two twins couldn't look more different. Designed by Pierre Terblanche protg Giandrea Fabbro, the Ducati's shape is organic, like a two-wheeled Tiger Shark. The KTM, drawn by Salzburg's Design Studio KISKA, is all edges and angles, like an F-117 Nighthawk. The finishes on the 1098S-woven carbon-fiber, gold hlins hardware and "murdered-out" (photographer Adam Campbell's description) metallic black paint-are pure luxury. Half the RC8's bodywork (tank, tail and fairing lowers) is molded in color, dirtbike-style, lending a Tonka-like plasticity. It's not cheap-looking, though, and gives the bike a futuristic appeal. LED turn signals and tail lights, along with a modern under-engine muffler, further the KTM's present-tense style. Conventional lenses and an undertail exhaust make the Ducati look quaint by comparison.