I did not make up that title. ;-)
Do you read the Hell For Leather website at all? Apparently a past Cycle World editor owns the site and he seems to have a pretty sarcastic/caustic/humourous view on what he deems to be poor motorcycles. It is pretty funny and they are not afraid to roast a bike or manufacturer if they see a shortcoming.
On to the point. The Michigan State Police did a test recently to objectively evaluate the 4 models of police motorcycles that they were considering for the replacement bikes. The bikes were the BMW R1200RTP, Kawasaki Concours 14 and the Harley Road King and Electra Glide.
Other than the shocking track time differences, the acceleration times to 100 mph were unbelievable. As well, the BMW and Kawasaki were not that far apart. All tests were done with motorcycle cops, not professional riders as they wanted real world test results comparable to the staff that would be riding the bikes in the line of duty.
The comment on past "patriotic purchases" is worth perusing.