my last 2000 or so miles have been completed solely on my RS, but this week I serviced my 98 Ducati 900ss ie (oil, filters and treated it to new timing belts) and put around 100 miles on it as a shakedown after fettling her........wow what a difference to the RS! Now you may say "no shit, Sherlock!".....but I was genuinely staggered by the difference......now the Duc is about 50kg lighter, has much stiffer suspension, turns slower, torture rack riding position, on/off dry clutch, over geared, no abs or traction control and requires constant attention at low speeds.....and only has 80bhp. It's a little bit like comparing a go cart to a Range Rover Sport. The only area where the Duc scores over the BM is on high speed cruising - ie 90 plus (more planted and engine even lazier) and "character" ( this includes noisy clutch, inability to pull anything less than 2k revs without getting the shakes, the occasional misfire, exhaust note, a turning circle of a supertanker and mirrors that oscillate in tune with the engine. BM wins hands down. Nice ride though!