Gone with "Introducing the Duchess ... My 696 Duke!", not to mention "Nuts, Duchess won't start after dash work" threads! Today and going forward (I hope), it's The Duchess just purrs!!!! Had one of the best rides with chillibutton today! No try hard stuff, that's for the track, just enjoying the sheer pleasure of the ride! With a recent service behind her, new tyres, new dash, new bars and mirrors, there truly is no looking back! She rode like a dream! Just focused on technique not speed, interjected with moments of feeling the sun on my back, smelling the flowers in bloom and the exhilaration of the wind in my hair (well maybe not quite!) But finally the bike is custom made to my needs and I can honestly say I have the comfort I missed on the CB400 and the magic that only Ducati can deliver all in one beautiful bike!!! To any of the ladies out there dismissing the Monster because the reach over the tank is too far, fear not because for as little as $80.00 for new bars, this bike offers the ultimate riding experience!!! I'm in love! Thanks Mr Button for persevering when I'd lost faith to bring me the best bike a girl could ever own!!!