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Old 12-25-2014, 09:29 PM   #1
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What should I look for on a used '04 800 S Monster

I am looking at getting a middle weight sport bike to break up my string of Harleys.

I've found an ad (link below) for a '04 800 S Monster for a reasonable price so I have some some searching but to no avail on some information on what I should be looking for used Monster.

Reading on a thread on a Ducati forum a user mentioned that one of the things to be careful about was to make sure the seller has the code off the black keys and has the red one. From what I read I assume that has to do with the keys being chipped.

I would also assume that I should be looking for any issues with the plastic tank but beyond that I have no idea.

What else is there?

No sure if this is the place to post this so please move it to the correct forum
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Old 12-26-2014, 06:46 AM   #2
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Unless you are looking for a show bike, worry less about the plastic tank, as long as the latch mechanism is free. You can gain some slop at the hinge if needed.
Should have a key code for the immobilizer, just in case.
I never got mine, and stopped worrying about it a couple years ago.

Seems it's had recent maintenance, critical is the belts have a 12K/2 yr replacement interval. I go 2yr / way over 12K fwiw. At the price valves should've been checked.
Hopefully the tail chop wasn't butchered, it's a popular mod and lots of wanna be taillights out there. I like me some visible directionals.
Makes me a touch leery to see a fast and furious mod like cutting open the belt covers. Odd are though debris won't get in there.....

Not sure what the 'S' gets you, I'd expect budget suspenders.
All in all it a competent little bike for 3K, watch out it might spoil your HD experience.
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Old 12-26-2014, 07:48 AM   #3
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I would look for a rear seat and cutie, hipster chick to take for a ride! Good looking bike and on my wish list as well.
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Old 12-26-2014, 08:02 AM   #4
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The seller is pushing the news tires.. Make sure you see the service records. If available then it seems like a good buy.
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