Y’know, I’ve always wanted a Duc. I think they have the prettiest engines of any bike. (I don’t like the headlight treatment on Gest’s link, though.) But I looked at the cost of acquisition vs. the performance delivered, the maintenance intervals, and overall reliability. Spiny Norman had a Duc and he supported the view of many writers that the seats aren’t exactly comfortable. I’d still like to have a Duc in my stable, but IMO the Yamaha is a better ride for the price.
I can’t say enough good things about the Seca II. Sure, it’s not the fastest bike out there; but with 78,000 miles (not km) on mine, it’s been a great ride. It’s reliable, handles well, is comfortable, gets great mileage, and is skinny enough for comfortable lane-splitting. (The R-1 is even better for lane-splitting, with it’s lower mirrors.) I do need to have the rear shock replaced, but it’s an expensive proposition. It’ll get done some day.
Coldie: If you ever make it up to the PNW, I have a ride you can borrow. (No, not that one! The Seca II! ) It has new tyres, a fairly new chain (remember how the old chain was flapping around when we rode around Malibu?) and a recent tune-up.