I grew up with and always had rice burners. My first euro bike is a Ducati S2R 800. Fits my riding style very well. Maint. costs are one of the things that scare riders away. Why? Do you not maintain whatever cycle that you have? The 7500 MI valve inspection is just that. An inspection! Adjustment? Maybe. Belt replacement every 2 yrs. or 15000 mi? Well my '07 has 6700 on the ODO. Should I have done the belts 3 times? All that I am saying is it is in fact a machine that may very well need some sort of care, as any machine does. Ducati cycles have faults yes, but does not EVERY bike have those also?