Hello all I just joined this forum but I truly have been reading it for a long while. I am 44 years old and ever since I can remember I have been in love with Ducati. My problem is I just got my license last year and I don't know if a 695 would be a bad choice for me for a first bike. I just had gastric bypass surgery 2 months ago first for my health and a close second, so I can get my monster in the spring (327 to 263 in 2 months as of this morning) So by March or April and I should be about 245 pounds 6feet 1 inch tall. I have read that the 695 is a great bike for smaller people and is a great 1st bike so I don't know where I fit in. I am not small in any way but will I be to tall????? I really don't know??? Every one I work with are Harley-Davidson blind and it would be soo fricken great to pull in to work on a monster it would be like hitting the lotto !!!