Why it's desirable: As we said in our exclusive first-look feature (Jan. '07), the 1098 marked "the return of seduction, the elevation of performance," replacing the ill-received 999. The 1098's styling was a big hit and power was up. So, after testing the bike, it was an easy choice for Best Superbike in its debut year. A hard-core track-focused ride, our long-term test machine nonetheless served us well in the daily grind. Yes, there are more comfortable sportbikes, but the Ducati rewards the dedicated rider with killer acceleration, excellent stability, and fabulous front Brembos. The 1098 was also the first Ducati superbike geared to be competitive in the quarter-mile, cutting an admirable 10.31-second run at 142.56 mph in our 2008 "Turn & Burn" 0- to 180-mph shootout.