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Old 03-25-2012, 01:12 PM   #1
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I'm looking at a monster 696 and I was wondering if any could compare the comfort of them to say a fz8 or ninja 650 ? And a secondary question how are they on maintenance and reliability ?
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I'm looking at a monster 696 and I was wondering if any could compare the comfort of them to say a fz8 or ninja 650 ? And a secondary question how are they on maintenance and reliability ?
Mine's an older model, so I don't know how relevant my experience is to your situation. That being said, I beat the living out of my monster, and she still won't die.


Hope that helps.
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Get the 796your single rear side arm
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That's a lot of extra dough for 100 cc's
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well, it's 1G more for 10 more hp.. but it's not just that, you get rims, frame, rear single side swing arm (ducati signature)..
I Got my girl her 796, it's such a great bike, besides having a wider rear tire "180"
i'd say it's a good ratio of money/bike
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:50 PM   #6
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I've put ~6500 miles on mine so far with no reliability issues aside from a bad ground out of the dealership which the warranty covered and a small oil filter leak which was also picked up by the warranty. The only real issue is more italian character than reliability . It is fricking hard to start under 75 degrees. It always starts, but unless it is hot out it can take up to ten minutes of working the starter and fast idle lever.
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My girl's hast just gone over 1200 miles.. run the first PM (preventive maintenence) at 700, cost was less than my R1, no issues at all, no problems starting, turning, I bought and installed them frame sliders on it (they go through the frame and the engine).. it's a great bike, no regrets buying. other maintenance issues that I know of would be that between 8k to 10k miles, valves have to be re-adjusted. this is on the non-EVO engines
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I have a 2012 696. The bike has been great! No issues so far. I have not had any cold star issues either. I rode an fz8 at the Yamaha ride event and I think the monster is much better ride. It gets compliments every where I go.
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Ducatis are nice but just don't expect it to be a Japanese bike. It's pretty reliable but does cost a little more maintenance wise. Parts can also be very expensive.

I almost purchased a 1100EVO but ended up with an 848 instead. The Monster is a pretty good bike for everyday use. Also, check out the new Streetfighter 848...i heard it's also an awesome bike for the street.
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well, it's 1G more for 10 more hp.. but it's not just that, you get rims, frame, rear single side swing arm (ducati signature)..
I Got my girl her 796, it's such a great bike, besides having a wider rear tire "180"
i'd say it's a good ratio of money/bike
I don't know why but I thought they were about 3 grand more but at a 1000 more that's what I think I will do.
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:19 AM   #12
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Ducatis are nice but just don't expect it to be a Japanese bike. It's pretty reliable but does cost a little more maintenance wise. Parts can also be very expensive.

I almost purchased a 1100EVO but ended up with an 848 instead. The Monster is a pretty good bike for everyday use. Also, check out the new Streetfighter 848...i heard it's also an awesome bike for the street.
I really like the nakid 848 but I think it's a hair out of my price range.
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I concluded the Monster 796 ABS is the sweet spot in the Monster line, it is still on my short list for "dream bike" that may happen this fall. The other bike remains the Triumph Street Triple R. The Monster 1100 also has their ABS and adjustable performance mapping, but it is pretty expensive. I have reservations about air cooled engines in our hot climate given all too frequent stop and go issues in traffic. Go for the 796 ABS and tell us what you think!
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Very interesting thread!

I am in the process of selling / upgrade my fz6r. I'm between the Ducati Monster 696 and the Triumph Street Triple, the regular one.

I've read that the Triumph is more reliable and the fact that is not air cooled, helps a lot here in Houston. Again, this is what I've read while collecting info prior purchase.

What I can confirm, for sure, and comparing to my fz6r that I currently own, is that the Street Triple is very, very comfortable! Love the riding position. I believe the Ducati is not so upright.
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Ducati 796 $9995 Abs/rear single side wing arm/rims/180 rear tire (you can get those 500 off if you can negotiate) More HP and Torque at lower rpms means better gas mileage on 100cc
http://www.tmpsw.com/new_vehicle_det...50&pov=2212798

Ducati 696 $8,495 "none of the above"
http://www.tmpsw.com/new_vehicle_det...48&pov=2212795
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Ducati 796 $9995 Abs/rear single side wing arm/rims/180 rear tire (you can get those 500 off if you can negotiate) More HP and Torque at lower rpms means better gas mileage on 100cc
http://www.tmpsw.com/new_vehicle_det...50&pov=2212798

Ducati 696 $8,495 "none of the above"
http://www.tmpsw.com/new_vehicle_det...48&pov=2212795
Tell me you are not getting a commission. Whey you going riding again Lucar.
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Tell me you are not getting a commission. Whey you going riding again Lucar.
hello my friend, just trying to educate riders or share the little knowledge i've gained..
as of right now i'm free the whole week, until they tell me otherwise!

it's not so hard to pick.. what sounds better.. pirelli's angels tires or pirelli's diablos rosso ?
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The angel ST is a great tire! It has decent grip, costs nothing, and lasts forever.
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The angel ST is a great tire! It has decent grip, costs nothing, and lasts forever.
Rael,

I believe you have a Ducati. Have you ride when is really hot here in Texas? How the bike reacts, does it get over heated? Also, how do you find the seating position, for your back I mean.

Thanks.
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hello my friend, just trying to educate riders or share the little knowledge i've gained..
as of right now i'm free the whole week, until they tell me otherwise!

it's not so hard to pick.. what sounds better.. pirelli's angels tires or pirelli's diablos rosso ?
Those tires you mention give you a choice between heaven or the devil
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