Great dash interface - probably nicest digital dash I've seen yet from anyone. But this bike is more like a Panigale, not SS in ergos so not a direct comparison. Also - search around, there is a lot of discord from reviewers in the US that BMW had to retune for emissions or noise - no one is sure why but there is supposedly a super flat torque spot from 1-3k (if memory serves). I suspect people will be seeking to get Euro tunes for these bikes - if they can get them. Or they will not be very pleased. The few reviews I've seen say the older bike is better in the US but the new bike better in the rest of the world.
I agree about these cat cans. Why can't manufacturers (Ducati included) make these things look better. When I got my 1000R a few years back, the cat was already discolored and had rust-like (wasn't rust) showing on it. Why should we have to spend $500+ for a cover on top of a $20,000 bike?
Dozens of bikes: $$$$
Look on neighbors' faces: Priceless