Hi All, just passed my 60th birthday and bought my first RED Italian. Riding since 1986, owned 11 BMW's and 1 Honda, still owning 2 BMW R1150RS. Having ridden more than 450.000 km on a motorbike, 14 years commuting 120 km a day without owning a car. Not to fond getting on the bike when it rains nowadays , but hey , if it protects me from being in a traffic jam.... I will consider. 27 years ago.. 1994 ... I saw the 916 at the Dutch Motorshow @ Rai exhibition centre and I immediately fell in love ... however.... I just bought a brand new BMW R 1100 RS... half a year before Great bike, took me and my wife all over Europe... Stayed wit BMW for the next 27 years and I am still happy with my 2 1150 's The saying goes: "never meet your heroes", F**K It , I did. First Ducati for me ever, went for the "9" series, simple proven technology, no digital farkles, just a pure bike , same as the BMW 1100/1150 series. Newer BMW 1200's and the later Ducati's are beyond me... I want oldskool and feel/ride a bike by the seat of my pants, without interfering digital systems. ABS? sure! would be nice option, but I survived 450k without.. I have been in 4 or 5 dire situations during my life on a bike, all without damage. So I bought my first Italian trouble maker, No ABS, No traction control, No catalytic converter, No O2 sensor, just a basic 20 year old bike with 27.000 km and a complete service history. Riding the first 25 km home from the dealer.. OK ... this is not what you are used to riding a BMW from the 90's. twitchy, nervous, rear brake sucks, front brake WOW! , torque... AMAZING! And the BMW's aren't bad, believe me... I need another 1500 km to get used to this Italian Beauty . After another 50km ride, got back on the BMW 2001"sport touring" just to compare... ..the BMW feels like a luxury tourer now.. The 996 is screaming and begging me to twist the throttle ... Will do! Cheers!