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What does it take to win? If you take a moment to consider competition, whether it be in the realm of sports, business, interoffice battles or even in nature, there are often clear-cut winners. But this becomes less and less the case as you move up the food chain, so to speak.

Sports are what we most easily relate to when we think of competition. And what better, universally accepted example -- or it least it should be -- of competition than the Olympics. To compete in the Olympics, one doesn't merely show up on the day and jump into the field of play.

There's an arduous process to get yourself on your nation's team, let alone actually find yourself in the Olympics. Then the competition really begins. All those competing have earned the right to be there and are deemed potential winners. It's no longer so easy to delineate between the weak and the strong. A gold medalist today could be tomorrow's loser. And so it is with the current crop of literbikes from the Big Four. All of them, given an equal chance, have the potential to win your heart. But like so many Olympic champions, the winner may be separated from the runners-up by the slightest of margins. With so much trickle-down tech coming from MotoGP and World Superbike, the forces from Japan have made exceptionally talented machines that can -- for all intents and purposes -- be yours for a song.

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