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Old April 18th, 2014, 09:16 AM
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I'm not a motorcycle guy, but how can a bike be too fast? Can't you just accelerate at a reasonable pace? I never understood why people recommend a less power starter bike?
Physical size and weight can be intimidating and with a bigger bike you have to be more precise with the controls. Grab a quarter throttle on a 400 single ... No big deal. Grab quarter throttle on a 1000 sport bike and it's a whole different experience. ;-)

Many sports bike rider will tell you it's more fun to ride a smaller bike to the max rather than 60% of a more powerful machine.
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Old April 18th, 2014, 09:26 AM
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Oh and on the scale of fast ... Bikes blitz cars ... Even my 600 Suzuki did 0-60 in about 3 seconds ... And that was 10 years ago.
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Old April 18th, 2014, 09:44 AM
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It really comes down to "what will happen if I hit a bump". Surely you'll probably be fine, but there's always the chance that your right hand will slip back a bit, and depending on the bike that can be fine or completely terrifying. On my SV650(v-twin) it was fine, but on my CBR600RR it's scary. People don't really understand how fast bikes are until they ride them, it's like trying to hold onto a rocket.

On another note, very nice bike. I was looking for a Ducati for a while before I settled.
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Old April 18th, 2014, 10:30 AM
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Yes truck at Romp. Still sporting series trans/transfer but I have the correct LT77/230 for it. I sold my 02' monster S4R awhile back and we both miss it.
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Old April 18th, 2014, 10:47 AM
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This will age me, but for a scary bike, hoop on a Seca 650 turbo. With its wobbly frame and suspension coupled with some serious turbo lag, when it finally spooled up, hang on -- just make sure you are not in a tight corner or it will be the bike's final ride. For unreal yet tractable power (at that time), my favorite and final bike was the Nina ZX11. If I was going to purchase a bike today, it would be this Monster1100. It has everything going for it. Besides, no need for a rice rocket once you start showing some silver hairs and wisdom....


Ron - hold on to it. Grab a used cheap starter cruiser bike for <$2000, get comfortable with it, then move on to the beauty you already have.
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Old April 18th, 2014, 10:55 AM
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People don't really understand how fast bikes are until they ride them, it's like trying to hold onto a rocket.
that's 100% true.
bikes' power can seem totally benign until there's that one time...... and you're off in a hurry

I've had more bikes than I can possibly count and my days of throwing a leg over a streetbike ended a looong time ago. At least if you get out of shape in a dirtbike/CC bike you tend to be at lower speeds.
That said, Ducs are great bikes that hold thier value. I had a 916 in the mid-90s. THe Monster wasn't out then, otherwise, I'd probably have considered it.

Nice bike Ron and GLWS. I'll ask around my NECC and NETRA circles to see if there's any interest.
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Old April 18th, 2014, 11:36 AM
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I lied about not being a motorcycle guy. I do own a '76 Honda Z50.

The neighborhood kids think I'm awesome. My friends think I'm a dork.
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It really comes down to "what will happen if I hit a bump". Surely you'll probably be fine, but there's always the chance that your right hand will slip back a bit, and depending on the bike that can be fine or completely terrifying. On my SV650(v-twin) it was fine, but on my CBR600RR it's scary. People don't really understand how fast bikes are until they ride them, it's like trying to hold onto a rocket.

On another note, very nice bike. I was looking for a Ducati for a while before I settled.
I taught myself how to ride on a GSX-R 750 back in 2005, I can tell you there is nothing like a street bike for speed and agility in traffic.

The ducati monster was on my short list for riding position, its somewhere between a Harley and a sportbike, a little more upright a comfortable. Just like Zach I looked at 999s for awhile before going with the GSXR (first bike, figured I'd blow it up, and I did).

GLWS these things are fast and refined, nothing like a red ducati to make the girls say 'oooo Shiny!'
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i lied about not being a motorcycle guy. I do own a '76 honda z50.

the neighborhood kids think i'm awesome. My friends think i'm a dork.
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Old April 18th, 2014, 02:02 PM
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You guys clearly don't know Ron. He owns this because he fell into a deal for it. He sold his M3 because that was also "scary" fast. Ron on a bike ain't happening. I on the other hand...
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Ron,

To your question, no not interested in purchase. I have more than 2 dozen bikes currently and definitely do not need another.

The Monster is an iconic bike dating back to '93, they are the most popular selling Ducati of all time. Unless you really need cash immediately, hold on to bike w/o really advertising it until late May. The long winter this year in your area has kept bikers in hibernation. Once the mercury rises, skies clear and trees bloom, you'll sell it w/o issue.

I'm an avid biker, have raced since I was a little kid and still race vintage flat track. As much as I love the sport, I know it's not for everyone. Some folks, try as they may, just should not be on a bike. It's not the size of motor that makes bike difficult for novice, it's the power delivery. Ron's bike may not be ideal for novice as it's torque delivery can make unintended wheelies a bit commonplace for novice w/minimal clutch control. It's still a waaaay better choice than a 600 supersport with its super narrow and over the top powerband. My 1st road bike was an rd350 that was known as 'widowmaker' along with rival Kawi H1, but I'd been riding and racing dirt bikes for 10 years already.

Ron's bike would be fine for 1st time roadie if they'd ridden dirt for a year or more. Both of my kids ride, though neither rides on street nor really wants to....too many jackasses in Range Rovers talking on phone :^)
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Old April 19th, 2014, 05:39 PM
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Russell that is a good idea... May buy a cheapo bike to get experience
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Old April 22nd, 2014, 09:36 PM
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looked at a Honda bobber.... HMMMMMMM
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Is your Ducati still for sale?
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Old April 24th, 2014, 09:01 PM
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bobby yes still for sale fly up and ride it home
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I'd like to Ron. I've got a pan head bobber I'd trade you.
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Old April 25th, 2014, 08:26 PM
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thanks bobby to nice for me
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