It's going to really boil down to your priorities and how you tend to use a bike when you say better. I own a standard ABS, but took a good test ride on an S touring and adjusted the modes all over while riding. I thought about how I would use it, always one up, rarely ever in large urban areas, don't spend much time on the slab, and rarely off pavement. For my purposes, the push button suspension adjustments don't appeal. I just wouldnt change them often once I got it set up how like it, firm. I find the suspension is firmer on the standard than the sport setting is on the S models Ohlins too. After nearly 16k miles and no faults with the bike, I have no regrets at all. Some people dump on the Marzocchi/Sachs suspension without having ever ridden a standard, but it works well. I did have an 1100S MTS with Ohlins prior to this bike fwiw. That said, if I had someone that rode pillion with me often and I did more touring, or bought into the "enduro" abilities of the MTS, I'd probably own an S bike. It seems Ducati, and probably more importantly Ohlins, have gotten issues mostly sorted out with the S suspension. It's all about priorities, both work well!