The other bikes I test rode and seriously considered were the BMW K1300S, KTM SM-T, and the Triumph Tiger SE.
The BMW is fantastic and was actually the closest I got to buying another bike. The deal breaker for that bike was the ergo's for me..still comfortable but not as comfortable as the MS. And the dealer for BMW was almost an hour away whereas the ducati dealer is literally about a mile away. If I could convince the wife that I need two bikes, the BMW would be in the garage.
The Tiger was very comfortable but lacked the power I was looking for and the suspension wasn't as good as the Multi's either. Again with the dealer being far away.
The KTM was a very fun bike! If they had released this a year or two earlier I might have already had one in the garage, but thankfully I held out. This bike, while great, doesn't have nearly the tech feautures or touring comforts that I would have preferred on a bike for myself.
I really don't have any snatch in the throttle that I can discern. The throttle-by-wire is certainly more sensitive, and perhaps I am just ignorant of the problem, but I have tried several times to re-create to some extent what I have read about and just don't see a problem. Some of the stories I have read talk about the throttle being so snatchy that people can't turn properly because the bike surges so much. This is absolutely not a problem on my bike.
I have hit a couple of false neautrals in between gears but apparently this is normal as you break in the transmission. Note that this is both my first ever New bike and my first Ducati. All the bikes I have owned in the past have been pre-owned.
I do plan to add the Full Termi system, but not until at least next year. Supposedly that helps the bike breathe better but I would mainly add it for the weight it saves (around 15 pounds IIRC) and the sound of course