I was not trying to imply that the SS was a good starter bike, just that it is a good 'starter Ducati.' Since this is my first ducati, I think that it is an incredible machine.
This is after having ridden for the past 9 years of course. I would not recommend it as a learner bike / Starter bike for a novice.
I do agree with you about the 848. After having ridden the Supersport, I could no longer justify the near double price tag of a new 848 at this time.
The supersport is as aggressive a bike that I have ever been on, and has more power than I will ever need. Shoot, I have not even had a need to get beyond 4th gear while riding around town since i picked it up.