I took a demo ride on the HM in Greenville SC at the Cycle World show and absolutely loved it!!! It's the most fun I have had in years on a motorcycle. Two weeks later in Daytona during bike week I rode the Aprilia Dorsoduro and had basically the same wonderful experience. Having owned an ST-4 Ducati years ago I have great faith in Ducati products although knowing the price differece between to two bikes it's making me lean toward the Aprilia. One difference I noticed in the frame/fork geometry in the specs is the rake and trail of the bikes. The Duc at 24 deg. rake/3.9" of trail and the Aprilia at 26 deg rake/4.3" of trail. Just curious because I read in a motorcycle design journal that stated more than 4" of trail causes somewhat slow front end handling. On the demo rides it's hard to push the bikes to their limits to know. Are there any experts out there that can help answer this question or advise for or against the Aprilia? Both appear to be outstanding.