What a rush! Had some time to spare and decided to visit Indy Ducati right by my place of employment. The owner Bill, asked if I would like to test ride an 1198s with him. I said yes. At 370 lbs, the bike is incredibly light for the 170 hp at the crank. The owner rode with me and led me down several twisty roads that I normally ride daily to get to work. It was nice test riding roads I know as I was able to push the envelope a bit. First impression was how uncomfortable the whole set up is. I have never ridden a full on sport bike before, the closest to a sport bike style bike I have ridden is the Ducati Sport Classic sport bike style which does not even compare. Through the city streets my wrists (which I broke in the Army) and back were really starting to hurt. Once we got out of the city and on some twisty side roads, the pain subsided and I was really starting to get comfortable. The owner was riding his 1098 Desmodici and none too slowly. To be honest, it was hard to keep up with him. In the corners, the bike just dropped over and it was almost instinctual to hang off and rest my non turning arm on the tank and let my turn arm do all the work. At one point the owner followed me on a particularly twisty road and critiqued my form a bit. (his son is a semi professional racer so I took his advise gladly) On one road, a crew had come by to fill pot holes and the road was full of pea gravel. My bike was equipped with the new traction control and as my rear tire slipped, I felt the bike cut the fuel and slow the tire. While the feeling was odd, it was relatively unobtrusive and I did not wreck so I think it is a fairly nice feature. Finally we blasted on the interstate back to the shop (getting up to 130 mph at one point). Overall I was really impressed that the owner was willing to let me flog his bike for an hour and even more impressed with his riding skills. The bike is obviously powerful and lithe but definitely not a bike that I could ride all day. Even with heli bars, it would seem the bike is just not designed for all day comfort or commuting. Looks like I will be sticking with Speedy...