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Now is the winter of my discontent made glorious summer, as the much-anticipated 2008 motorcycle racing season is finally underway. All the major manufacturers compete in both the World Superbike and MotoGP series, and the machinery they have developed is stunning. MotoGP machines are super-exotic multi-million dollar prototypes, whereas Superbikes are the pinnacle of production-based motorcycles developed into hugely powerful race-bikes.
Two of the very finest, highly pedigreed superbikes bred carefully by two very different Italian manufacturers take the term “exotica” to another level. These two machines are very much alike—though clearly very different. Varied interpretations on a theme, these storied Italian factories steeped in racing heritage arrive at almost exactly the same point, yet via very different routes. The lucky rider who gets to experience both machines will be absolutely spoiled for choice.