When I first got my license, the only 250 I looked at was the VTR250. It looked like a monster, so I was the bike for me. My plan was to always upgrade to the Ducati S2R1000, despite a lot of people saying to go to litre bike straight away was a bit silly. However, as I got closer to my upgrade day and seeing Cejays T, which I really liked the look of, I seriously considered which bike I would/should get. In the end, it all came down to the dry clutch rattle of the Duc as well as the Twin exhaust on the same side for the Duc as the two biggest negative for hte Duc. So after test riding a T and nearly involunatrily doing things in my pants, I placed a deposit a few days after and picked her up 3 weeks ago. What I am struggling with is the lower gears for commuting. It wants to be in first for anything under 40 kph and then the throttle is extremely sensitive. I'm hoping some of the issues I have in the lower gears will be sorted out when I have Map2 done, but I will see. For example, I'm undecided as to whether to go around corners in 1st or second. In first the throttle is sensitive. In second, the bike feels too jerky/sluggish. The power does take some getting used to. On the 250, I woud give the throttle a hard twist and get a reasonable response, but not something that would allow you to overtake in the twisties (i.e. Black Spur) properly, however, on the T, a small blip of the throttle and next thing you know, you are past the car and accelerating away. Taking off from the lights is another thing altogether. On the 250 I would accelerate and the cars would come with me. On the T, I accelerate away, look in my mirrors and the cars are a long way behind. I always said that I am mature enough to be able to control my actions on the bike, in particular a litre bike like the T. However, I find myself speeding excessively, as doing $1.00, you are still in 3rd/4th gear. I will be riding to work in a 60 zone, look down and see myself doing 0.85 or so and have to remind myself to slow down. It gets to speed easy and just wants to keep going. Trying to beat a mate at the lights last sunday had the front end starting to come up and I handnt even gotten out of first yet, they have that much power. The bike loves the open roads and just eats them up. Cornering is so easy on the thing, its like you dont even need to do anyhting, it just knows you want to turn and goes. A couple of weeks before I upgraded, I went on a 300klm ride on the 250 and at times with a slight incline, I was strugglingto stay at $1.10. On the T, it basically says $1.10, you have to be kidding, why dont I try this in reverse, c'mon idiot lets go much faster. Oh and hey dufus, dont forget you have 6 gears now. The power from this thing is truly remarkable and probably is more power than I need, but how nice is it to know that it is there if you ever need it. After the ride on the 250, i was looking forward to getting off the saddle, however, riding the T the same distance, I felt like I could have gone a lot longer. I knew that there was a considerable weight difference between the two bikes, but wasnt expecting the actual weight difference. THe first few weeks of pushing it in and out of hte backyard, I now feel that i can comfortably control and handle it weight. It was like, oh cr@p, am I ogingto drop this thing it is so heavy, ot now, ok, I cna probably do this one handed. I love the electronic display on the bike. Everything that I could possibly need ot know is there right in front of me and except for the tacho, it is all digital. The only thing that it seems to be missing is an indication of what gear you are actually in. My bike is stock standard, except that it came with a free set of Akro pipes as part of Aprilias 2007Tuono runout ready for hte 2008 models. I have not yet taken out the baffles, as this will happen at the first service. when $$$ allow, the first purchase will be a set of Ohlins rear shocks. I found on some corners in the country that those that were bumpy, the back end would bounce a bit, and Ohlins on the rear should sort that out. After the first 3 days of ownership, I was ready to send the thing back. It was sluggish all the time and just didnt feel right. It wasnt until the fuel warning light came on and I pulled up at the servo that i realised i should be putting Premium in, not plain unleaded fuel. :roll: :roll: It is amazing the power difference with the right fuel. Anyway, at this stage, I am 95% happy with my purchase and looking forward to having Map2 done to increase my Tuono pleasure.