I'm with you on this one Rob. The line-up of 2009 is my favorite.
It went downhill after that because of the departure of Pierre Terblanche from Ducati in 2007-08.
He is behind the astonishing design of the MHe900, the Hypermotard and the SportClassics line. If it wasn't for the 999 and the first Gen Multistrada he would be hailed as a genius like Massimo Tamburini.
I suppose the goal shifted. Technology being what it is.
I'd still rather have the original Ferrari California, than a Veyron.