But what does that matter? Are you doing a lot of 1/4 miles on the streets in your neighborhood or are you subject to random kidnapping attempts for which that torque comes in handy to zip away under a hail of AK fire?
Case in point. Less than $12K and basically the same weight as those Ducs you mentioned. I rode this model for years and loved it. I didn't take it on highways, because the ride was so stiff and of course, the wind was horrid, but it was the perfect bike for trips within the city. So much so that I will probably buy one for my wife that I can "borrow" from time to time..