Inevitably, buyers will compare the price of the Ducati 1098R to that of Japanese literbikes and cry foul, like Tim just did, and there's little argument for that. But for those who can afford the high price of admission, I'll suggest a more favorable comparison: The $39,995 1098R costs just .551 times as much as the $72,500 Desmosedici RR. Sure, the latter is an ultra-exclusive collectible likely only to increase in value. But if you're actually going to ride it, the 1098R is a better bet. For one, you don't have to worry about being bike-jacked, or having entire message-board threads devoted to what a yutz you are for wadding it. And second, I'd be willing to wager that, thanks in large part to traction control, the 1098R will get around a racetrack quicker. Now that's a comparo I'd like to do!