Duc 998 - very nice !!!!
Hi mike, I also had a harley - 94 FXSTC with lots of mods. You are in for a real treat if you get the Ducati. I sold my harley and was also looking for a sports bike - Yamaha R1, Honda 954, Aprilia, and Ducati. I decided on the 748 ducati and what a difference - handling, suspension, no vibration, it is amazing. The ducati red lines at 10,500 rpms and I have had it to 130mph in 6th gear with 6000 rpms - no vibration at all. Everything on the bike is amazing - 180 tire in the back, dual breaks in the front (stops on a dime and no tire lock up). You will be amazed at how the bike handles, rides, gas mileage (almost 50 mph) and I ride it 70 - 90mph.
Good luck in your descision !!!