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Old 11-30-2012, 11:36 AM   #31
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Monsters are great...I miss my old one. I'm not a huge fan of the new ones, although the 1100 can be made to look nice. The 2000 & 2001 (fuel injected) 900s are my favorite. If you get the older style one, make sure it has a steel tank.

My old 2001 M900...very fun bike to ride:
A friend of mine had a Chromo! I was riding right beside him when a 17 year old girl turned left and took him out, somehow not me. Totaled his bike and broke a leg and a wrist, then at the ER he found out his wife was pregnant. You can guess he doesn't ride anymore. This was probably 10 years ago.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:39 AM   #32
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I got this 2010 1100 new a couple of years ago. It's run perfectly since. I've put on a Sargent seat and Akrapovic slip-ons, as well as an open clutch cover and Pazzo levers. Great torque; very fun. The engine has a distinctive twin character -- lopey and relaxed at idol, but an angry bag of hammers on the gas.

I think how well you fit on it would be a determining factor. I'm a little tall (6'2"/34"IS) but it's still fine for an hour or two.

I've got two other bikes (RT & T-100) and will probably add a Sertao soon, but I'm planning on keeping the Monster a long time.
Now thats a good looking bike!!
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:01 PM   #33
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Almost as attractive as mine....


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Old 11-30-2012, 12:08 PM   #34
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This one for me. If I ever go quack, that'll be the one.
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:10 PM   #35
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If you buy a brand new one....

...buy the 20th Anniversary 1100 evo like this one:

05-1100evo-Anniversary by Shooter158, on Flickr

If a used one works, I'm with the other guys, find the best, steel tank, Fuel Injected 900, 800, or 1000, or find an early carb'd 900.

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Old 11-30-2012, 01:06 PM   #36
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My wife has a 696 that i frequently ride. Its awesome. No issues, goes good and looks cool.
I'd by another Monster in a heatbeat.
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Old 11-30-2012, 01:22 PM   #37
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My wife has a 696 that i frequently ride. Its awesome. No issues, goes good and looks cool.
I'd by another Monster in a heatbeat.

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Old 11-30-2012, 02:03 PM   #38
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My wife has a 796 I've ridden a handfull of times. It behaves very differently from an I-4 which may be why some people think its "snatchy" or whatever- ridden as it should be in the twistys (that doesn't imly any particulat pace} it is a truly brilliant motorcycle. The sound is amazing and the useable torque is wicked fun. It viberates more than a Japanese bike will but thats just character to those who like these things. It's awful off road- really really bad. If something happened to it I'm sure she would want the exact same bike as a replacement.
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:12 PM   #39
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Mine's an original M900 carbie, first year, bought new in '93. I've been very pleased with it for the last 19 years and 200K miles. The only reason I would hesitate on a newer one is the problems with expansion of the plastic tanks. Other than that, they're great bikes.

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Old 11-30-2012, 03:55 PM   #40
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If you buy a brand new one....


...buy the 20th Anniversary 1100 evo like this one:
Is there some specific reason why you're recommending this model?
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:53 PM   #41
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Yes...

...because it is good looking, will be a collector in the future, and it's the first return of the gold frame and red tank, with gold Brembos, since the original Monster.

The 1100 evo version because it's the most powerful, has ABS and traction control.

If you are going to buy a new one, buy this future classic.
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:33 PM   #42
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I loved the hell out of my '99 M750 until I found some mud under gravel and the steering head got warped when I went down at like 15mph.
I wouldn't mind a metal tank FI one again as a spare bike. Like 01 M900.

My old monster in it's day to day gear.
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:47 PM   #43
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I owned a 2003 M800 for three years and it served me well...but be aware that the models with immobilizers can be BIG trouble...the gauges are full of micro circuits, are leaky, and if they fail the bike will not run and will require expensive repairs. It is possible to have the ECU reflashed to disable the immobilizer but the gauges are still a weak spot. Plastic tank models have serious problems with tank expansion too. All that being said mine ran great for 12K miles and had very little trouble with it, even did some sport touring...

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Old 11-30-2012, 11:52 PM   #44
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As for not liking the way the radiator looked, did you even ride it? How the radiator looks is way down the list of things I look for in a bike.

I've got an '01 S4, 916 4 valve, water cooled. Race Tech did the Showa forks, and it's got a remote adjusted Ohlins on the back. The suspension works so that I don't notice it doing anything that it shouldn't do. It just works. As for that guy that paid $1200 for a belt change and valve adjust, I paid a Duc tech $100 plus the belts, to do my valve adjustment (on the side). He even showed me how to do it.

I'd heard all the horror stories about the rockers de-chroming themselves, but I talked to a couple Duc techs, and they said the problem is way overblown, and a few years down the road, most bikes that had any issues had been fixed. That being said, mine has not had any problems, and the valve adjustment has not changed in the 4 years + that I've owned it.

Mine also has a handle bar kit and some dirt bike bars on it. The only thing I don't like is that the footpegs are too far apart. Maybe 4 or 5 inches farther apart than my KTM. Just feels a bit wierd.

Other than that, it's a pretty good bike. They aren't worth a whole lot of money or anything, but it's a pretty competent bike. It's pulled a genuine 95hp and 67lbs ft of torques at the wheel. Not too bad for a 900. It makes good noises, does really excellent wheelies, and eats tires. If the road doesn't open up into triple digit numbers, it holds it's own against most bikes, the drive coming out of corners is good. Even the old school Brembo Gold Line brakes are pretty decent for being 11 years old.

Since it isn't worth shit on the resale market, I'll probably keep mine, and besides, my wife likes to ride it, although it's a bit abrupt and kind of primitive with heavy clutch pull and whatnot, but that's part of why I like it too.

I've ridden a new 1100 Monster, it's cool too. Most of the sniveling comes from people that have never ridden one, just going by what some magazine testers have said. Shit, go ride a few different ones. The S4RS, is supposedly a real brute, maybe 30hp more than my 916 S4. They make entry level ones (696), to fire breathing 996 or 998 powered ones. Something in there will touch you in just the right spot.
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:51 AM   #45
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Bought a 2012 Monster 795 this June. Have been using it for daily commute ever since and I really love it. It's light and nimble, that filtering through heavy traffic jam is really easy. If you ever ridden in Jakarta traffic, you'd know how terrible the traffic is down here. On the monster, it's really easy to filter through the traffic. Low speed handling and control is really easy. Spirited weekend ride on the twisty road is really fun.

I'm setting it up for a long ride (touring) and replaced the stock bar with rizoma bar and the stock seat with a touring seat. That two changes make the bike really comfortable for me (177 cm tall with 32" in seam).
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