Hey guys, I've been riding a brand new Aprilia Mana 850 - the new one with the tiptronic/auto clutch transmission - for about a year now. It is my first bike, and really easy to ride. I'm looking for a second bike because I really want a sportbike. Since my beginner motorcycle class where I got my license, I've only tooled around on a bike with a clutch - a GSX-R 600 - a handfull of times, although I've found it no problem at all, except for maybe the smoothness of shifting. I actually feel more in control with a clutch. Im a tall guy, and feel really comfortable on the larger Ducati superbikes. I'm in an weird place- I test rode an '05 999 and an '08 848 the day I first rode the GSX-R. I had no problems (except for stalling them from standing because I was being too easy on the throttle) felt more confident in the sport riding position, and really felt great openining it up a bit a few times. Ducati sport bikes fit my height better, the have great torque, and I dont think I'd consider the midget bike the GSX-R is for me, or even an in-line 4. The problem is im a little intimidated of the larger hp/torque bikes, as I should be. Should I go with something like a 749 that has the same torque as my aprilia, or try and baby a 999 or 848 for a year until i feel comfortable with the power? I dont want to pay $7-8 grand for a 749, then want more before I am done making payments on it when I could be buying a 999 for $9 grand with a 2 year waranty, or a test 848 for $12, waranty, and low financing. Obviously, from the test ride I can tell that any of these bikes is night and day in comparison with the aprilia streetfighter, hence the trepidation.