well first off, the ducati monster 750 is right about the same power level as the sv650 (give or take a few ponies) The Ducati screams italian flavor. It's a pretty bike, it's a bike with alot of character, and sole. Take it or leave it, they are VERY expensive to fix, and maintain. The sv650 isn't, but while it has character (mine has a mind of it's own) it doesn't have that certain something that you get with a ducati. But, they are alot more reliable, require less maintence, and have a near cult like following. I have an sv650, love the bike, considered a ducati, decided on the Sv as my first bike, don't regret it, but look at ducati's every day.