Hello everyone. Newbie alert. Anyways, the time has come to sell my current bike...an '08 FZ1. My brother is buying it and it will be gone mid-April. So the search has been on for at least a month now for a replacement. I wanted the KTM 990 SM-R. Closest dealer is over 2 hours away, and to be honest, there is no way it's worth $14k+ for a SM. :huh Then, I read about the VFR1200F. Looked like the perfect bike for me (on paper)...that is, until I rode one. The only model they had was the DCT (auto). Very, very, very weird feeling riding an automatic bike :huh So I thought I could just put the transmission out of the picture and focus on the egro's and handling. Well....nothing stood out. I guess you could call it bland. I really wish I could have rode the 6-spd for a better view on the whole machine. So, I met my dad at the Triumph/BMW dealer last weekend and the Tiger 800XC caught my eye. Although the 1050 is only a few hundred more, and it gets rid of the spoked wheels. I sat on the 800XC, and it felt very good. Well, during the past week of researching...I found the Ducati. Holy cow, I am in love! The nearest Ducati dealer is well over 3 hours away though. But I need to sit on/ride one before I make up my mind. So far, it's: 1) Ducati 2) Tiger 1050 3) Tiger 800XC I haven't rode any of these...so I could come to hate them after a test-ride though. So what's the good, bad, and the ugly about these models? Every bike has it's flaws. Some can't be fixed, some I can live with, and some I can't. I can't read though 700+ pages on the 800XC, or 200 pages on the Ducati. I LOVE my FZ1...don't get me wrong. However I would like somthing a little more comfortable for longer rides. After an hour on the FZ, I'm looking for a place to stop. I ride about 99% street. I'm looking at these bikes, because I want to start exploring more. I don't want to turn around when the pavement turns into gravel/dirt. Mandatory pics?