Hi all, new member, etc. Years ago I rode motorcycles, a crappy suzki, a Honda 750, a Triumph Tiger, a BMW boxer and finally a 1980 Ducati 900SS with all the usual add ons. I miss it terribly. So now after all these years I am prepping to buy another motorcycle and it IS going to be a Ducati. I haven't kept up I'm afraid so I'm looking for input on what to get. My budget is up to $10k and I'm a bit enamored of the Monsters. I like the visible frame and engine. I'm not looking for a fully fared bike. I'd like to be able to see the engine and frame so a minimal (or no) faring is what's wanted. Also maybe a bit more comfortable of a riding position than my SS would be good. I see that there are 2 valve and 4 valve versions of the monster, etc. Can any of you frequent posters and pundits point me towards particularly good threasds or offer some good advice for a middle aged rider returning to the fold? I want sporty, I want reasonable performance but I'm not nec. looking to impress anyonne. I just want a throaty, elemental, big twin to cruise the canyons on and take the wife for the occasional ride. Oh, and sometimes go stupidly fast on.