I once heard that Ducati is a strange beast: cool to ride, but unreliable and expensive to maintain. Has anyone had Monster 659 and what is the opinion? I have this dilemma. I got my P in June. I had Yamaha V-Star which wasn't comfortable for me to ride. Now I am looking for a naked/sports cruising bike. I am trying to kill two birds with one stone and try buy a LAMS bike which I will be likely to keep after I get full license in June next year. I wonder if Ducati monster could be it. My next choice is Ninja 650 ABS. On the weekend I am planning to ride both and get a feel.