At 3.11 JM questions why the heavy and not especially powerful XFS V8 is more impressive than a 560 bhp BMW M5. This reflects my own experience of E60 M5 although apparently feeling very fast, when one uses a datalogger, or gets involved in a race on private roads, less powerful Jaguars walk away from the BMWs AMGs & Audis. Similarly my 326 bhp BMW 750, was not as quick as my 238 bhp X350 XJ6.
British shire horses versus German pit ponies perhaps?
Is it the power to weight ratio? More torque rather than BHP that people obsess over?
I've been weighing up another motorcycle and I've given up looking at the power output on various bikes as the trade off in weight is normally counter productive. I've even considered keeping a spreadsheet of the specs so I can look each up.