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Old 03-18-2015, 05:48 PM   #1
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Monster Or FZ-09

This seems to be a popular conflict and I realize much of this is personal preference, but am would like to hear what you all have to say. I am torn between a Ducati monster 796 or a Yamaha FZ-09. I am aware that the FZ-09 needs some suspension work, and an ECU re-flash to pull it together but even still it is the cheaper option. the Ducati will cost more up front and for parts/ maintenance I plan to do a wide range of riding to include some long highway trips.

Please offer your ideas, Thanks!
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Old 03-18-2015, 06:29 PM   #2
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The street triple r is the best of the three, really.

Both of the others have some compromises. One of the biggest is that the Yamaha isn't very attractive.

I would buy the duc. Or save up and buy the 821
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Old 03-18-2015, 06:30 PM   #3
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I'd go for the Street Trip, but that's just me.
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Old 03-18-2015, 06:45 PM   #4
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I'd prefer the Duc to the FZ09. The Yamaha look doesn't do it for me. On a more objective note look up the long term review that Motorcyclist Magazine did. A year with the best mods and they still hadn't perfected the FZ.

If you are more practical minded, and don't seek to push the FZ beyond its abilities, it will be a fine bike. Certainly cheaper to run and maintain than the Ducati. But maybe lacking that subjective magic the Ducati has.
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Old 03-18-2015, 06:53 PM   #5
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Didn't this years FZ-09 get the fueling sorted? No suspension changes though.
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Old 03-18-2015, 07:03 PM   #6
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The question you have to ask is....will you be doing your own valve adjustments?
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Old 03-18-2015, 07:06 PM   #7
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I shopped (and rode) these two bikes against each other, along with the Street Triple R.

Chassis:
1-2 tie: Monster & Street Triple
3: FZ09 -- but, because it is cheaper, money would be left in the budget for upgrades

Sound:
1: Monster, by a mile
2: FZ09
3: Street Triple

Power -- Objective Observation:
1: FZ09
2: Street Triple
3: Monster
---> BUT, the Monster had more low end torque, where I like to ride. The FZ09 was close. The Street Triple needed to be revved more to get the most out of it.

Power delivery/torque (personal preference):
1: Monster
2: FZ09
3: Street triple

Ergos:
1-2 tie: Monster/Street Triple
3: FZ09 -- didn't really care for the seat

I really did like all three bikes. I chose the Monster because I really like the character of the 90 degree V-twin, and also the simplicity of air cooling. Plus, even though it is a Desmo, with only two valves per cylinder, valve adjustments are simpler than the 12 valves of the triples. I also like the look of the red trellis frame of the Monster.

I would be just as happy with the Street Triple, but, I had to choose.

It also helped that I found a left over 2013 (in Aug '14) that was marked down $1,500. That brought it to within $1,000 of the FZ09. For the full $10,500, I'd have been real temped to save the $2,500 and buy the FZ09.

My advice, ride 'em all, and buy what tugs at your heart the most. All three are great bikes.
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Old 03-19-2015, 02:24 AM   #8
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Fz07 might be worth trying, more up the monster's alley.
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Old 03-19-2015, 02:49 AM   #9
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My wife had a monster 695 and I thought that was a fun bike. Rode well, great brakes and handling. If you have a good mechanic you trust I would pic the monster. We never had an issue, but the next owner had issues with the gas eating the epoxy and shorting out the fuel pump.
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Old 03-19-2015, 03:43 AM   #10
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I have a Monster 1200S my most reliable ridding buddy has an FZ9.

The FZ9 is a very capable machine in the hands of the right rider and I think a tremendous value.

If you want to know which bike can be ridden faster 796 or FZ9- I would say w/o a doubt FZ9.
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Old 03-19-2015, 09:32 AM   #11
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Given being close in price and having a good Duc dealer near by, I'd go with the monster without a doubt.

But there's also a new attractively priced ($8K) naked with an i-4 and a proven track record of "bullet proofness" out there...

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Old 03-19-2015, 10:28 AM   #12
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Go ride the Fz and the 796. Then ride the 821. I bet you walk out with the 821 and a very big smile.
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Old 03-19-2015, 12:11 PM   #13
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Go ride the Fz and the 796. Then ride the 821. I bet you walk out with the 821 and a very big smile.
Have you ridden both, the 821 and 796? Big difference?
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Old 03-19-2015, 12:16 PM   #14
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FZ-09 or GSX-S1000
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Old 03-19-2015, 12:33 PM   #15
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Not that it matters much but i just bought an 09 M696 a few weeks ago. Over the last two weeks, i have put on 800 miles commuting. No issues once i figured out the proper "starting sequence" and believe it or not, EXTREMELY comfy. My commute is 55 miles one way and the seat is fantastic. I'm very happy. Haven't rode any of the bikes you're looking at, but if i bought new it would have been the 796.

And yes, i'm doing my own valve adjustments.
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