The 1098 and 848 have much better ergos than any previous superbike.
I regularly spend 6-8 hours riding mine through the mountains.
Ducati totally lost my interest when they brought out the 749/999 series.
I am one of the millions of Duc fans that love the looks of the 916 looks with the single sided swing arm and one offset head light.
When they changed those features, I no longer thought their product was sexy.
As for riding, I have never ridden the 999. I do have friends who have them and even have two with the '06 Xerox.
My last Duc was the 996M which I felt was the closest thing to a torture rack that you could ride.
One hour tops is all I could ride without a break.
Here is a great write up and video on the 848: http://www.motorcycle.com/manufactur...est-71220.html
As for touring bikes, the LT has yet to impress me.
I bought the LT for some of the features, I don't tour, I sporttour and sometimes the wife won't ride her own bike.
I like the fact that the LT can haul two up at speed.
I like the heated grips, the heated seats, the radio and the cruise control.
I like the ABS. BMW definately can build brakes.
I hate the LTs handling in corners, high speed and low speed. I can not stand the lack of ground clearance.
I hate the LT at stop signs, red lights and parking lots.
I hate the LT for long rides... I find it very uncomfortable.
I hate servicing the LT. It is much to cumbersome and time consuming compared to almost all other bikes.
As of right now the LT has limited time left in my ownership...
Seriously, interested in the Concourse 14.
I guess BMW is NOT the right fit for me.
I have ridden a friends 1200RT a lot. And it doesn't impress me either.
I own a VFR800, and feel that the Honda is far superior.
I have also learned that BMW riders are not much different from Harley riders.
Their riding habits are sometimes a little different but the prejudice is almost the same.
There are many great bikes on the market... Brand alone should not be the only reason to buy.
Besides BMW customer service is terrible, parts and service prices are much to high.
I should have sent this in a PM, but I am a glutten for the punishment that the die-hard BMW riders are going to flame me with.