///3oris is correct.
I am sorry NYA, but without familiarity of how Engines, ESPECIALLY these engines produce power, you wont understand what the extra Top 2K end of the RPM would end result in power. Its not a mere 4-5 HP or 3-4 Torque.
Look, No one is shitting on your R1s. Its a very capable machine.. I cant stress that enough... This is not a pissing contest of who's got the bigger stick here... So please don't take it that way.
When you are looking at a Dyno Sheet, You are seeing how the engine makes power. If the dyno sheets tapered off hugely from left to right on the top end, then this conversation would be null. But Having your Rev range be cut short at 12200 versus 14200 is a BIG deal in terms of power for these bikes specifically. When all the highest power is made on the very top end of any DYNO pull in ANY gear, what that means is that three bikes on a straight away (a 20 mile runway strip for example) one R1s, one R1 and one R1M, with similar riders wearing all the same protective gear, weighing in at 200lb (for example) Launching their bikes off a dead stop, here is the play by play of what is going to occur here.
Off the line, R1S doesn't have launch control... The R1 and R1M take off a second or two ahead of the R1s (even if you are the most skilled rider you may cut that time down without a proper launch control system) Then come the gear shift, both the R1 and R1S are making more top end power in first gear bolting them a second or two ahead, but when the shift comes the fact that the R1S has to shift first, but takes more time to do the shift without the quick shifter, will lag the R1S behind the other two. The R1 and R1M stay close together, but the R1M is slightly lighter, so power to weight will bolster it slightly ahead in each gear change, where as the R1S will bolster slightly behind in each shift due to the lack of the quick shifter and the lower REV limit. The difference in suspension setups on all bikes will help keep the power on the ground in different ways. With the R1M being on the high end. In the end you will see the R1S coming in last, the R1 coming in second, and the R1M coming in first.
Yes these bikes in stock form are meant to make the same amount of power, but HOW they make their power is different... Thats the important part.
If and when you tune all three, the same will still apply... In similar circumstances, they will react the same way...
Now to you, someone that may street their bike 80-90 percent of the time, and take your R1S to the track, that may not matter, and that is okay... Nothing wrong with that, however the people that track their bike more so than the latter, will want every ounce of power and weight savings that they can squeeze out.
One of the most contested oppositions right now to the R1 in the Liter bike category is the BMW S1000rr... That bike is fast, and in the beginning when the R1 was first released, the BMW would always win those side by side shootouts... Recently however, with the tuning coming up to par with what the BMW world has had for years due to having basically the same platform for years, that has changed... Now more and more R1's are shining in every shootout as of recent...
I love healthy competition, and I am a pretty competitive rider when it comes down to it. The first week I got my 2015, I flashed it and threw on an exhaust system. The first DAY I got my 2016, I did the same...
I for one will never judge someone for getting an R1S over an R1, each person has their own motivation for when it comes down to purchases.
But I can guarantee you, once the dyno's start coming out for the R1S's and the R1's for 2016, you will see the before and after effect of having the extra 2K Red Line,
Most of the shelf tunes will taper out at 178 for the R1... But look at this:
This is Superbikes unlimited's Tune of the R1, Its very Linear from left to right, and has a pretty smooth power delivery (almost no curves) Pay special attention to how the last 12,200 t0 14,200 you go from 170 something to 198 in power.
you WOULD NOT be able to do this on an R1S. The valves would start floating and you would be bouncing off the rev limiter. at 170 HP or so...