The MV Agusta loses time off the start at the dragstrip thanks to a balky clutch but comes on strong enough at the far end to post a faster trap speed than the 1198S and RSV4. The S 1000 RR's Gear Shift Assist helps it to a quarter-mile time almost a half-second quicker than any of the other bikes. In top-gear roll-ons the 1198S gets an initial jump on the others, but the BMW soon takes over with times even better than the Suzuki Hayabusa.
This chart shows actual thrust at the rear wheel in each gear for each bike and takes into account engine torque and total gear reduction. The 1198S, with the most torque and a widely spaced gearbox, makes the most thrust in first gear; note, however, the gaps between the lower gears that result. The MV Agusta, BMW and Aprilia make more thrust in the higher gears. The bar chart shows calculated top speed in each gear; here you can see the relative spacing in the bikes' gearboxes.
The three literbikes have similar horsepower and torque until the top-end of the powerband, where the BMW carries on to an almost 20 horsepower advantage over the MV and even more over the Aprilia. The BMW revs 1000 rpm higher than the MV or Aprilia, yet makes more torque as well as horsepower - an unusual combination.