Changed my mind to this little cutie after weeks of assuring myself R1200GSADV was going to be my next bike! Decided to keep my ageing 1150gs and go for one in black for blatting to and from work and weekends. Competant as it is, the BMW 1200 is just a bit dull and doesn't have much 'character'. Luckily, modern Ducati's are now lacking what used to be synonymous with 'Character' - crap brakes, dodgy electrics and tedious side-stands. The riding position isn't too obscene, although once you're out of the twisties, long straight, fast roads (i.e. tedious) need to be punctuated with a Thai massage every 40 mins. The engine is a proven winner and hopefully should be pretty reliable. Coupled with fairly modern (2 pot) Brembo's and not bad forks, it makes for a well-behaved and spirited ride. Adjustable Ohlins and upgraded forks are an option and may well be worthwhile. An obligatory add-on are the Termignoni twin (or single) pipe, replacing the enormous rocket launcher stock item. Strengths: Handling, engine, looks, sound, price, single seat! Weaknesses:
Long term / high mileage reliabilty?, clip-ons height, single seat!