These two freaks of sportbikedom fulfill many of the same roles, and we still have every intention of gathering up bagged versions of each and hitting the highway for a proper sport-touring comparison. But as Cernicky said, “If you just need to cover an entire time zone, pick the VFR, but for a long day’s ride on everything this multi-surfaced world can throw at you, give me the high-bars and electronically controlled desmo Twin.” The Ducati may not fit neatly into any single category, but it definitely has redefined what a sportbike can be. Or what a sport-tourer can be. Or what an Open-class streetbike can be. Get the idea?