I,ve only ridden Ducatis from the start, with the exception of dirt bikes. I drink alone so have never ridden any other brands. Having read some magazine shoot outs between the brands, Ducatis and Aprillias never seem to be taken seriously. In some articles they actually single out the Italian bikes in there own little comparison and let the inlines battle. It leaves me with doubts about the brand. I mean I love it and it works for me but I'm hesitant to ride a ginxser or R1 and have the experience shatter everything that I've come to love about Ducati. Is it real or not??