Well folks after off-loading my beloved VTR1000F to run free through the hills of Tassie, and going off on a fantastic holiday, I came back and had to strike while the iron is hot as the better half is still in a Italian coffee soaked haze. She is wondering around speaking Italian and muttering about moving to Florence. A new murdercycle was in order. I couldn't quite decide on what I wanted next and looked closely at the following list: KTM Superduke (Too expensive but the perfect bike for me) Ducati Monster (Really wanted the S4/S4R model, but serivce costs put me off) Ducati 1000SS (I should have test rode one of these but ran out of time) Aprilia Tuono (Couldn't find one at the right price) VTR1000SP2 (Didn't want a fourth Honda added to my collection ) -I only knew a few things in that I wanted a v-twin (Yes I know in-line 4's are better, but they lack soul). That should start a nice fight! -Something with great brakes and suspension(While easily fixed, this was an area always lacking in the VTR1000). -And some more Hp would be great (I am deluding myself with the requirement for more Hp but I like to go fast :roll: ) -I also fancied something Italian as I like the way they do things. Beautiful but completely impractical!! I test rode a different Silver 2002 model that actually rode like a dog. This was caused by the addition of an end can without adjusting the fuel injection. I felt very sorry for the guys at A1 because they let me at it for 2 hours and really wanted the sale, but the actual bike let them down. So a big thanks has to go out to them for a test ride. I found a BRIGHT YELLOW RSV 1000 Mille that is very yellow. I think it looks great but it is certainly bright!! So I found the baby I wanted and a quick test ride showed none of the fueling problems with the Silver one. A massive bottom end followed by the typical v-twin midrange (Not too much different to the VTR), but the Aprilia also had a better top end were the VTR would start to get wheezy. The digital dash tells you all you need and it is actually easier to stay on the speed limit due to the accurate speedo. The VTR's speedo was SSSOOOO bad and inaccurate that I just stopped using it in the end. The seating position is slightly more racey than the VTR but not too bad. This is a big area of concern for me as I have done a little mischief :? to myself in the past, I can get a sore wrist, but I will have to try and tough it out. Mirrors are typical sportbike useless. Suspension and brakes are truly fantastic. Brembo's are truly a quality bit of kit and they have a perfect mix of bite and power. Luv' em. I didn't really get a chance to punt it through some curves yet so I will report on how she steers at a later date. This will be put to the test at some track days in the future though. Well that's enough to bore you all to tears now. I just have to wait a week to pick her up now. All in all I am pretty stoked.