The monster Monster thread! (formerly Why not a Monster)

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by JustKip, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. bbrz

    bbrz Been here awhile

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    I grew up with and always had rice burners. My first euro bike is a Ducati S2R 800. Fits my riding style very well.
    Maint. costs are one of the things that scare riders away. Why? Do you not maintain whatever cycle that you have?
    The 7500 MI valve inspection is just that. An inspection! Adjustment? Maybe. Belt replacement every 2 yrs. or 15000
    mi? Well my '07 has 6700 on the ODO. Should I have done the belts 3 times?
    All that I am saying is it is in fact a machine that may very well need some sort of care, as any machine does.
    Ducati cycles have faults yes, but does not EVERY bike have those also?
  2. fifthcircle

    fifthcircle Beer Knurd

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    That would make sense. They have quite a few bikes on the showroom floor at times with Termi's. I know they sell a LOT of them. I'll probably end up with a set eventually.....

    As far as the maintenance thing goes, I did the valves on my wee strom this fall. Can't be more of a PITA than that! :lol3
  3. BobPS

    BobPS Been here awhile

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    Mine runs on the lean side, no issue though. edit: it's a 2012 Monster 795, basically a 796 engine in a 696 frame.
    I also still use the stock exhaust. I thought about buying Termis but everyone told me that the performance improvement is not big and not noticeable, and that it's mostly for sound (and it's lighter than stock). Although some say that it also makes the engine runs smoother, but since I have no problem with how the engine runs now, I figure $1700 only for sound is too expensive, so I keep the stock exhaust.... for now :D
  4. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    Technically yes - the belt change specification is 15,000 (used to be 12,000) or 2 years - whichever is the sooner.

    The reason being, the rubber belts will deteriorate, and if left for a long period, can form a kink or stress point where they go around each pulley.

    Admittedly the problem is not as pronounced as it is with the 4V Desmo engines, and I'm sure plenty of people (including myself) do not strictly adhere to the time schedue - let's face it, a chunky rubber belt like that is going to have a huge margin/half life built in...

    However, if your bike is now six years old and never had the belts done, it probably is time to get them changed!!! - it's not that expensive (or you can do it yourself in you know the procedure), and worth it for peace of mind? If a belt does snap, the engine is basically lunched - valves into pistons etc. and THAT is expensive!

    Jx

    ps. I agree, I think the S2R 800 is the nicest combination of specification for the previous generation Monster.
  5. DirtFarmer

    DirtFarmer Has anyone seen my mother

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    Congratulations! I usually do a semi annual ride to south Missouri - northern Arkansas ride, always welcome.
  6. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Ride to Indy or south to Austin for a Moto GP, then head over to Ducati Island. Your people are there, welcome home.


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  7. fifthcircle

    fifthcircle Beer Knurd

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    :thumb

    Welcome home... :lol3

    The DucOmaha guys do a big ride out to the Indy GP. I LOVE Austin, and a trip to the GP there would be great.
  8. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    I'm glad this tread is going. My gf is thinking about a M696. It seems like a nice machine.

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  9. fifthcircle

    fifthcircle Beer Knurd

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    Cool! What is she riding now?
  10. jerdog53

    jerdog53 Crop Dusting Everywhere

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    Thats what my wife rides, she loves it! :clap
  11. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    She's on a 2006 ninja 250. It's been a great bike but she wants something prettier ever since I picked up an SMT. :lol3


    Great to hear! Did you do any mods to lower it, make it comfier, add luggage?
  12. Suncountry

    Suncountry Adventurer

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    I'm probably a little late but I sold my S2R 800 this fall. It was my first bike after being away from riding for about 25 years. It was a really fun, well handling bike. I hope I didn't make a mistake. Anyway I will be getting a new Hyperstrada this spring. I still might get an older Monster later on down the road just for fun.
  13. DesmoDog

    DesmoDog Desmo's my dog

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    You hang out with the wrong people then! They are out there.

    I've seen three in my subdivision alone, though two of them belong to one guy. I see at least two BEVEL Ducatis each year fer cripe sakes, not including shows and events. And of course I see one or seven each day at home, but I suppose they don't count. :evil

    As for running smoothly at low rpm, some are better than others. My 796 Hyper runs great at anything above a walking pace. It's 100% stock. I've heard some of the newer four valve stuff is pretty bad.

    A few things you can do to fix that without changing the exhaust is to install matched injectors, change the gearing (larger rear or smaller front), and have the ECU reflashed by someone who knows what they're doing.
  14. Lav1200

    Lav1200 Pig Pen

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    There's a nice clean M1000S for sale now in Western Canada.

    My wife got the Monster bug with her M695, rode the wheels off it for a few years and jumped to the M1000. Great bike, but simply lacks the fuel range she needs for long solo rides in the Western US. Hers is setup nicely for touring using Cortech soft bags on the rear and a Bags-Connection tank bag.

    With the Guzzi V7s now coming with a 5.8 gal tank, she's likely to head in that direction for long distance riding. I think she will sorely miss the awesome motor in that 1000 though...
  15. jerdog53

    jerdog53 Crop Dusting Everywhere

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    The PO had bags already for it so we're good, no lower no more need for comfort she good and right like rain! :clap
  16. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    What sort of bags?
    I've been looking at different stuff, the best option I've seen is the Wolfman Beta style bags.

    Pics?
  17. jerdog53

    jerdog53 Crop Dusting Everywhere

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    The bags that are on it are Ducati Performance bags kind of semi ridged fabric type of things, there not very big probably 18 or 20L a side easy on off maybe ½” tube frame that mounts up under the seat. Don’t have any pictures at the moment…..
  18. fifthcircle

    fifthcircle Beer Knurd

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    So, I took out the new ride for a quick, and COLD 15mi yesterday. My fingers were numb after 5mi... lol

    First impressions are good. Lot's of character. Pretty comfy. Handles like magic. Sounds good. Get's LOTS of looks from the poor bastards driving mini vans :D

    I have read here and there about re-gearing because 5th and 6th are too high. I thought "yeah right" until I rode it. 6th is almost unusable at legal speeds. It was only pulling 4,500RPM at 90mph. :huh Although this is helpful for the break-in period. Break in on the wee strom was a painful affair trying to stay at lower RPM and still go for a ride on the highway.

    What is the best sprocket to change, and to what tooth count? (2013 M796)

    As of now, that is the only thing I would change about it. :clap
    -5th
  19. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    Yes, I've seen those ones. Very expensive and very small. Glad the PO paid for them!
  20. jerdog53

    jerdog53 Crop Dusting Everywhere

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    Oh he wasn’t afraid to spent money, Corse color Tank skins, Rizoma grips, bar end blinkers and foot pegs DP mirrors with blinkers, seat and the bags, full Termi exhaust and a few carbon bits, heat shields and the likes….