Millimeter by millimeter the Japanese surpass German engineering by a Tokyo Kilometer. Paying more for something that can be had for less only works for something iconic like Harley-Davidson, but not for BMW. If there were beauty associated with it such as MV Agusta, then I would spring for it once again, but this is not the case...it's just another BMW.
With all attributable respect they are not even in the same category---one is a super sport bike, the other trying to find an identity to justify it outlandish price tag. If that category is luxo-super sport bike, I know of many a Heli-bar, Double-Bubble and other accessories added to a Busa and the like that put this BMW to shame for substantially less money. It would take BMW pricing this model at around $11K to compete and BMW will never do that, because they believe in their own minds that they are comparable to a venerable Porsche 911 mystic and engineering, which that are not. Even Porsche realized that refined design still has to make the numbers game in its category, hence to continual refinement of the 911. Where BMW deserves credit is for the new hex-head oil-cooled engine and the R 1200 GS that has earned all the accolades that it receives.
In one of the motorcycle magazines, they also gave this bike a lukewarm reaction. On the front forks, although they were eagerly expecting some improved handling, it was not the case. They placed in it a luxo-super sport category for those who wanted comfort above all else.
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