Hi everyone, I have been reading this post with some interest because last year - my first racing in CCS Atlantic LWt classes - I raced a Ducati against many SV's as an amateur. my Duc is a 1995 900ss - it produces 76 hp, turns like a pig and weighs 400lbs. For me this was racing on the cheap, no expensive motor builds or clever chassis changes I just added an Ohlins shock and revalved and sprung the stock, non adjustable forks and got the motor running as sweetly as I could for a 15 year old bike with 26000 miles. Of the seven rounds I only completed four due to lack of money but had a blast doing what I could. The guys that beat me in SS were riding Buells and SV's - in SB Peter and Dustin were too fast for me - both guys are just f'in good riders - if I had more motor I may have been able to keep within half a lap of them but frankly they were going to beat me whatever we were riding. Dustin's SV was superfast. Peter was going to win races whatever he was riding - we do this for fun and a few silly trophies so stop taking yourselves too seriously and you'll have more fun. There will always be - as in any sport - someone who is bigger, stronger, faster, or richer. Coming second on an old, slow, heavy street bike that is a huge effort to ride quickly let alone fast, gives me a massive sense of satisfaction and makes me want to grid up with you guys next season - you can ride anything you want - within the rules.