I owned a 2011 CBR1000RR for about two years before getting run over by an F150. I can say it was an awesome bike - smooth, easy to ride, and very forgiving. I recently road a BMWS1000RR on the track for a few days and thought it was a nice bike - I wasn't overly impressed. My 1199 is head and shoulders above both. It has an incredible feel - yes, it is way less forgiving, but like Duckymar said it has a soul that just sucks you in. Every time I stop riding all I can think about is getting back in the wind.