I was a DIE HARD honda performance rider.
When I left the track and purchased a "faster bike for street/canyon riding" the 07 gsxr 750.
I loved that bike and sunk way to much money into it to build a "faster sleeper...blah blah blah".
It wasnt until I was at my local coffee shop on a bike night when the Duc guys showed up that my rediculously modified zuki became just another JAP bike amoungst the others there.
A few months later I rode a duc, the 848 in fact. That bike has soul! It had a spirit that only the Italian race fore fathers could insite into the bike.
My only issue was the power of the 848 twin was just like my wifes SV650S.
I then test rode the 1098 and WOW the power was just like I had ALWAYS wanted from any bike.
Not peaky or unstable. Just there when I needed it and Expected it.
I purchased a 999 because the price was right and the ergonomics were comfortable for my riding style.
If you are at all concerned about a less powerful bike look at the liter Duc's.
As for the performance aspect....
These bikes ride like they are on rails. The frame doesn't flex like the Japaneese bikes do. The bike can hold a line solidly on the road and on the track is very predictable for line changes (with good tires).
I enjoy the torque on nice sunday rides when I'm just out cruising and come into a turn in a high gear (4th) and don't need to downshift to pull through effertlessly.
I'm done writing my love story and hope this helps.
Yes I still own my 190hp 750 and haven't riden it in 6 months. Rode my Duc more times then I can count in 6 months.