How close is a $15K Honda RC51 (with mods) to a $30K Ducati 999R? Clearly the 999R is the best Ducati I've ever ridden and quite possibly the best production sportbike around. It's small, light, handles great and is fast, fast, fast. The 999R explodes out of corners thanks to its stock 139 hp and 427 pounds. Watch out on those exits, though, or the 999R will spin the rear wheel, lift the front, or both. Its engine revs fast and free with huge torque everywhere. Torque like a twin and fast-revving like a four, what's not to like? The front brakes bite hard and take a little getting used to; I wanted them to be a bit more linear. Marchesini wheels shed a lot of spinning mass, which makes directional changes quick and effortless. Ducatis aren't known for comfort, and my wrists and neck hurt, but in this case, who cares? Just make sure you spend the time to set up the suspension properly. On the 999R it makes a big difference.