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Hi All,

I live in Tacoma, WA and just wanted to say hello. After months of reading everything I could including info from this and other forums, this and that shootout (a little useless), more reviews than I can remember, I pulled the trigger on a '12 1199S w/ ABS on Saturday. I waxed and waned between this bike and the BMW HP4. I even had a deposit down onthe BMW, but it purely came down to the fact that I've always wanted a Ducati and this is my first one. The HP4 will be a great bike, I'm sure. I know about all the recalls, reliability complaints, heat issues, et al... I don't ride like Troy Corser, Troy Bayliss or Valentino Rossi for that matter and I didn't need a liter-bike, let alone a Panigale, but, I just wanted one and specifically a Ducati. It finally came down to knowing that if I passed a Panigale on my HP4 I would have regretted not getting one. So, I'm finally at peace with my decision and can't wait to pick it up tomorrow. I'm getting the full-Termi system, getting rid of that tree trunk that hangs off the tail and Rizoma rear sets. Hopefully, the weather cooperates.

A little about me, I've been riding on and off since about 10 years old, mostly dirt bikes. I had a 2002 Yamaha Road Star Warrior then sold it for a 2003 Black edition R1. I had that bike about a day before it was stolen, then picked up a 2003 Silver R1 and rode it 4 years around SoCal. I sold it before I moved up here to the PNW. Last year, I got a '12 HD FLSTF and really like it, but it's a very specific kind of ride. I missed my R1 and that style of riding, hence my quest for a new sport bike.

Looking forward to being part of the community.

John
 
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