since day 1 i've thought that the ducati monster is hands down the best looking bike sold in america. now is a time when i'm looking to own my first bike, and i'm wondering if a monster is a good choice. i'd be using it to shoot around san diego, beat stupid traffic, park easily, and get good mpg. i have lots of friends that ride and let me borrow their bikes, so i've ridden things from harley's to japanese sportbikes, so i'm thinking a naked is the way to go for me. however, i haven't ridden a ducati. so i'd like to get some opinions on monsters and if owners would recommend one as a first bike. and which model? my range is around $6k, plus or minus, so obviously i'm looking for used. i'm currently riding a ninja 600, so i'm sure an s4 wouldn't scare me. but if a 620 is good enough, then why not? what about reliability? my buddy maintains the ninja, so i don't worry about it too much. basically i'd like to know if monsters are relatively reliable, easy to maintain, well-behaved, fun bikes and if they're worth the money. thanks for any advice.