"La vida es como Ducati -- rapida, sensual, e impredecible"
A Ducati might be more expensive than most bikes.. but will certainly deliver what you payed for, and more so with a few modifications. The following documents (40 pages) show some of what I've done to a '92 Ducati 900cc in an attempt to put it back to its "Bologna race standard" and beyond -- to use it on the race-track and on spirited canyon riding (every now and then I use it even for my commute). So far I've put 86k miles on it. This particular bike is a unique black (anthracite) model, with white frame and wheels. Only 80 full-fairing versions of those were built, (along with 120 half-fairing).
The best way to browse through those 40 pages might be to park your mouse on the "Next" button and just click away.. (no need to move the mouse since all the buttons should be lined up).