Well I am retiring from the industry and will need to buy a bike of my own soon. I stopped buying them a few years ago as I have to ride for work every day and I am supplied with bikes for work and well to be honest, if I am not being paid to I have not gotten on a bike since 05 for fun. Don't get me wrong, I love to ride. But I am in the saddle 5 to 6 days a week for work. And my day off is my day off. And yep I guess you could say I have lost a little of the passion. I have been riding bikes since I was 6 and am 49 this year. And always have had one and used it as my main means of transport. I have ridden just about everythig that has come out and well only two have made me think yep.....that's about a perfect all rounder for the price. remember I am 49, two compressed vertibrea and had a bit of a brain bleed a few years ago and I have to take it easy. Thats besides all the usual broken coller bones and fingers so forth. My budget is about ten grand or so the finance minister says. But I can slip another three or four thou in there without her knowing. LOL I hope. So the two: A 2002 Ducati ST4s: Reasonable riding position, Great sound, brilliant chassis and handling. They have a great personality. Can be fitted with panniers and Fi Fi can straddle the back and be happy for a few hours. And well they are getting rare these days and just something a little different. And that noise when you roll off the throttle from WOT. I bar up every time. The other is the 08 Kawasaki ZX14. Its just such an easy bike to ride. It has to be the ugliest thing going yes, but I love riding them. Smooth, light and incredibly fast when needed. They just gobble up miles and don't tax you at all. Now I can get the Duc for nine grand with 35,000 on it san's Panniers. or the Kwaka for 11 grand with 12,000k's. Maybe less than 11 if I hold out and no one else jumps on it. I have had both for a day's riding. well the ZX a lot more than that as I took it home from work a lot. I have owned a 916 and 996s besides SS's, darmahs, ST2 and pantahs and my first 250. Yep I am a bit of a Ducati fan. Yup I know it's rediculous to ask on the net what bike is for me when a bike is such a personal thing. But as I said I have had both for a while, I work in the industry and know the ins and outs of both well. And of course both are available now. And for the life of me I am still split 50/50 Arrrgh the agony of choice.