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Jimmy, I find it very understandable that rider's willingness to ride very close to the limit is measured by the speed and or the 'hairy' moments, by casual observer.
Actually, there's a lot more to that. A rider could ride faster and also safer if the bike is well balanced.
Read Furusawa interview a while back. It turned out that when the test riders said that the New M1 felt slower (therefore, I assume, also felt safer), it was actually the fastest Yamaha they'd ever tested.
And anybody, including Stoner, will agree with me that CF framed Ducati is never known for its stability.