rsalas has a valid point up top in his post, but he is assuming 2 things. One, is that the rider can actually turn a wrench to make the upgrades cheaply, and two that said rider can actually use the performance available. Knowledgable and skilled riders and wrenches are like hens teeth these days. I bet one out of 50 guys that post here even know where the tool kit on their bike is, much less how to use it. It is so much easier to run down to the local bike shop and plunk down your dollars on this years wonderbike rather than upgrade your riding skills or actually learn how to maintain your own motorcycle. Race replica motorcycles surpassed the average riders' skill to pilot them about 15 years ago. Which one wins this year matters not as next year it will be 3 lbs lighter and 2 mph faster. At that time squidly must run, not walk, to the dealer and get the "new and improved" model, even though he couldn't ride the last one very well. The funny part is all the screaming and crying about which bike "won" and why. About 99% of you will never see the upper performance limits of these bikes anyway, but knowing your buddy, who can't ride very well either, has this years "winner" is just too much to bear at the bar scene. I believe MO said as much last year when they named the R1 the winner.