Just like it’s said about boat owners, the same goes for Ducati owners.
The 2 happiest days in a Ducati owner’s life are
1) the day they buy the Duc
2) the day they sell their Duc
Seriously, they are not for everyone. In fact, they’re for very few.
First off, everything you read about Ducati sport bikes in the press is based of their “press fleet” bikes and written about by lustful but well meaning wannabe Ducatisti who seemingly almost blatantly ignore the bike’s flaws. The press fleet bikes are al “pristine examples” of hand built engines, and components. While back in the ’90’s and early 2000’s that was a bit more, it’s only a few hp difference now. The really big difference is their use of the Ducati “Race Only” ECU or mapping and exhaust. All the other manufacturers - at least all the Japanese bikes, are run stock but Ducatis get to run with the race ecu programming and with an exhaust - more than likely tuned on a dyno before use in the press fleet. Why?
Because Ducati is incapable of making a sport bike that is able to both pass US emissions and smoothly accelerate. Feed too much throttle and the bike bucks and coughs it’s way to higher speed while normal bikes of much less displacement leave the Ducati for dead. Many of the US magazines have been “called” on letting Ducati get away with this and you’ll still see a letter to the editor once in a while but check out the pics in reviews of Ducatis. It’s been a bit since I’ve checked but last I checked, still showing bikes with aftermarket exhausts in the pics.
They sound great and their super bikes handle incredibly. And they are quite aesthetically pleasing... But none of that means a hill of beans while your bike is in the shop. And it will be in the shop, you can count on it. Mine was a pretty good example and still logged just under 3 months down in 5 years and that’s not counting stuff I fixed. Some of the failures are long known to Ducati - the voltage regulator right next to the front exhaust pipe or the defective 1x98 radiator that leaks on the top left. They’ve been failing for ages but Ducati made the business decision to ride it out of the warranty period rather than source a new part.
Owners aren’t always 100% forthcoming on the internet. If you read “My Ducati has been bulletproof” make sure to check their posting history to be sure. A lot of us don’t like to admit we made a poor life choice buying an expensive, limited production motorcycle that has a reputation that is not synonymous with reliability.
I’m not really sure what deficiencies the 10R has that you are seeking to address but I’ll agree it’s not a perfect liter bike.
Power wise - an ecu flash will reclaim the hp that Kawi whacked. handling - a set of wheels and tires will improve the handling. I admit I haven’t messed with the geometry, so mine does not change directions as fast as the Ducati, but it is stable...
If you’re thinking that will cost money to address on the 10R, you’re right, but, it will cost 1-2x less on the 10R as compared to any Ducati.