I tried, really I did. If there was any way for the Suzuki to not win Bike of the Year, I would have found it. But short of sabotaging the bike or stuffing the ballot box, there was no way the Ducati or Honda could topple the mighty GSX-R1000. The Suzuki is just too powerful and works too well.
There is no question the GSX-R is the most capable bike here and a worthy BOTY champ, but it's not my pick for a couple of reasons. One, I don't have the restraint necessary to own something this powerful-for sure I'd be constantly getting in trouble both on the street and at the track. And two, I find it frustrating to ride a bike that requires so much to use so little of its potential.
On the other hand, the Honda gives me more of a sense of accomplishment from riding it closer to the limits of the bike's and my own capabilities. The CBR extracts the maximum skill of its rider, just as the rider can better use his skill to exploit the potential of the CBR. It's a symbiotic relationship that makes you a better, faster rider, and that, to me, is what's important.