I have to agree with the Ducati supporters. It is the 2-wheel equivalent of a Ferrari. Agree also that they are best with a set of Termi's (50mm) and the cats removed. Sort of like a Ferrari is best with a set of Tubi's - music to the ears. I was once told that you dont hear Ducati coming and going by - you actually can feel it. So true. Ducati = Sex on two wheels. Jimmy, if you can't wheelie in 4th you need to step up and get a little more power and lighten the bike up a bit. My 998R spec 2002 will wheelie 4th, no problem. Finally, I have to agree with Dustin. Go back into riding again in the 600cc class and then go big. Any bike in the Liter class can bite you and bite you hard.