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« on: June 09, 2008, 03:51:56 PM »

I'm shopping for a monster for my wife since she likes that physical size of bike.  Stylewise the dual sided swingarm models appeal to her more so that's about the only limitation I'm working with.  Anything a guy that knows little to nothing about the monsters should look out for when monster shopping?  She's an experienced (9+ years) and long time rider of a varied group of types and size of bikes so displacement really isn't an issue.
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« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2008, 07:09:53 PM »

Can not say as thou I have have much cautionary advice. The price range that you are looking in (judging from your post in Hey you guys up north) you are going to be looking @ an older Monster say 1999- or the smaller 600/620. These older bikes are pretty basic machines as far as Ducs go the engine is a carborated 2valve engine taken from the SS with a smaller wheel base and shorter frame, Real easy bikes to ride and handle. Not to offend any Monster owners ( have one myself) but this and the Buell are 2 of the top selling bikes for the female riders. Light, short and easy to ride. Not to mention what guy would not love to say his lady rides a Ducati.

Question? How soon do you need to have her on a bike. Are you just looking casually or do you want to get her on one soon. The reason I ask is there is a very good chance that I will be selling my Monster 900 in mid July and I think it may be in your price range. I am heading out our place in CO. and might leave the monster out there and bring back my 996. If I do not do that I will be selling the monster to get a BMW R1200gs Adventure. OK maybe more than you need to know but either way there is a better than not chance it will be on the auction block.

What ever you do good luck finding her a bike. I would love it if I could get my wife to want to learn to ride. Maybe you could return the favor of advice and tell me how to get her to learn to ride

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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2008, 03:28:53 AM »

I'm in no rush.  I'm pretty picky about picking out bikes so I know it'll be a pretty lengthy process.   Shoot me the info on your M900 if you do decide to sell it (or maybe the st2?) I'm pretty open to looking at anything.

As far as how she got into riding, I was looking for something different to do than the normal "date" when we started dating so I talked her into taking the MSF course for fun one weekend with me...that Monday she picked up her first bike Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2008, 03:51:13 AM »

Wow, that's one hell of a date. My wife wouldn't ever even consider it.
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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2008, 06:00:10 AM »

All other things being equal, I'd opt for a later FI bike.  The carb'd ones can be jetted to work good, but after having a few bikes with FI, I'm spoiled.  Get at least an 800.... the 600/620/750 runs out of motor pretty quickly, especially for an experienced rider (double on track), and the bigger motors are easier to launch.
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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2008, 07:53:16 AM »

The carb'd ones can be jetted to work good...Get at least an 800.... the 600/620/750 runs out of motor pretty quickly, especially for an experienced rider (double on track), and the bigger motors are easier to launch.

+11ty billion UNLESS you want to drop a few thousand dollars for big bore kits and cams and Ti rods, but then you'd have wasted money when you could have sunk that into a better or bigger bike - - - learned from experience.
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« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2008, 08:13:36 AM »

All good info so far.  Keep it coming, I'd visit the DML too, but it seems to have gotten pretty sparse around there lately.

Honestly though, and it's probably since we both started out on small and small displacement bikes, we both have an affinity for the small bikes so she won't be put out if we do find a good 6xx or 750.  But I do agree, I've become quite happy with FI ever since I picked up the first bike I had with it (a 2000 GSXR750R).
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« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2008, 08:56:22 AM »

I've never ridden a 900 carby or FI, but I can tell you now that a 750 isn't enough bike unless you just want to commute through the city or highway riding.

There was red 900 sitting next to my bike that I kick myself in the ass everyday for not buying. But being my first streetbike I thought 750 would be enough. But since the Mrs. is experienced err towards the bigger bikes is my opinion.
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