Nice bike. I bought my 696 in Aug, 2008. I've go 7,500 trouble-free miles on mine. Here are the mods I made to make it a little more "rider-friendly." Ducati Touring seat and Jesse Racing bar riser. Those two mods did wonders for longer distance riding. The Ducati Touring seat is about 1.5 inches higher than the "nut crushing" stock seat, so the bar risers put the bars back at their original height. I've done other mods too, but they were for looks or performance.