Bro, let me tell you....the Ducati 996 is my DREAM bike! But my Honda is sooooo comfortable compared to the Ducati, especially for longer rides.
Also, there's a LOT you can do to your bike project-wise and have lots of fun doing it. Probably easier to do stuff yourself on your Hunda than on a Ducati.
You may want to check out the site for Carbontek; they have a project bike (honda cbr600 rr) all done up in carbon fiber. Even if you don't like the carbon fiber look, there's LOTS of ideas to nab up.
By the way, we have similar zip codes! We may even be neighbors. (My zip is 33067)
I'll let you know when my bike is done.