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Old 06-18-2012, 06:32 PM   #1
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Shiver 750 vs. Monster 796 vs. STriple R

Howdy! First off, if this is in the wrong location, I apologize.

A buddy of mine who mods these forums told me I should ask for some advice/input here. I've been riding for about 2-3 years (if you don't count the gaps while my old bike was out of commission). I have a 2002 Suzuki VZ800. It's a sporty, light cruiser that I loved taking on twisties through the Huntsville State Park. I watched Tron the other night, saw the Duc and realized I wanted a naked SF style bike.

I just started a new job in San Antonio and I'm looking for something that can get me to and from work (~13 mi, 20 minutes each way) and also be a fun weekend warrior for the hill country and surrounding areas. It's important to me that the bike me a comfortable fit for me on commutes and for the occasional 2 up. I'm about 185, 5'11" and my passenger is about 5'5" and would kill me if I gave out her weight (but she's a small girl).

So I spent my weekend doing research on the 796 and the Shiver, and only yesterday did I find out about this Street Triple R. All three are intriguing, and all three are getting serious consideration from me. I want to know your thoughts on: ride comfort, maintenance/ownership costs, commute-ability, and whatever else you can think of. If you have any questions for me so you can better understand my situation, ask away!

On a side note, I'm also considering the Yamaha Stryker, or any other aggressive styled cruiser of that nature.

Thanks ahead of time for your words, friends! Ride safe!
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Old 06-18-2012, 06:35 PM   #2
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I watched Tron the other night, saw the Duc and realized I wanted a naked SF style bike.
LOL story of my life.
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Old 06-18-2012, 06:59 PM   #3
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All three are excellent bikes and you can't go wrong with either one. That said, I'd choose the Shiver because Aprilias are a rare sight so you'll stand out and it uses a ride-by-wire system which the other two cannot claim to have.
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Austin has a great Aprilia dealership so I would vote for the Aprilia for service
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:06 PM   #7
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What about the 848 Streetfighter from Ducati?
I have it's big brother and really like it. People on the Duc forums say the 848 is lighter and better handling, while still having plenty of power.
Might be worth a look...
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The 796 and Shiver are comparable, and the Street and 848 are comparable. You'd probably get the most bang for your buck on the Street, but air-cooled is air-cooled. If you want that sound you have to hit up the 796.
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All three are excellent bikes and you can't go wrong with either one. That said, I'd choose the Shiver because Aprilias are a rare sight so you'll stand out and it uses a ride-by-wire system which the other two cannot claim to have.
Meh, Aprilias are rare for a reason.
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If you don't mind getting left-over stock or slightly used, there are some late model Shivers that you can buy for $4500- 7000. IMHO, Shiver is the best looking one of the bunch.

Used Street Triples are not easily found, for whatever reason. May be their owners just tend to keep them for a long time?

Monster 696 and 796 are pretty easy to find, as many budding Ducatisti get hooked on them first, then quickly move on to harder drugs. *The* choice... if simply owning a Ducati - any Ducati - enhances your riding experience ten fold.

I currently ride an ape twin and previously owned a Triumph Sprint ST 1050. I would vote for the Street Triple R. Make sure to get the "R". Triumph is a most nimble handler and will surely bring out your inner hooligan that you might not ever know existed.
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I don't think I want to get a used or older bike. I've heard the earlier model Shivers had issues. I appreciate the input guys/gals, but I see alot of single word answers that don't really touch on the aspects such as comfort, commuting, maintenance. I appreciate a good bias, though
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Abecedarian,

Good luck, these are 3 very fine bikes best I know. I have researched the Monsters and Triumph STR and decided on the 2013 STR assuming it is coming out with ABS brakes and a bit lower seat. Let us know on your decision.
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we own a monster 796.. so I'd say ducati.. but then again, consider the 848 streetfighter, great bike
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I don't think I want to get a used or older bike. I've heard the earlier model Shivers had issues. I appreciate the input guys/gals, but I see alot of single word answers that don't really touch on the aspects such as comfort, commuting, maintenance. I appreciate a good bias, though
Comfort is relative. Depends a lot on your height and weight. Plus some folks can ride a 600 SS cross country without a problem. Others can't go for more than an hour before getting arm & back aches.

That said, Shiver feels like a larger bike and will fit better if you shop at the Big & Tall section of Men's Warehouse. Street3 has the most compact cockpit. Check www.CycleErgo.com for their ergonomics for your own frame.

Maintenance-wise, they all have their quirks. Some would argue the Italianos are more prone to problems, but you'll also have diehards that swear up and down that they are no less reliable than the bikes. I believe the truth is somewhere in the murky middle.

As for commuting, no perfectly sane and logical person would buy a brand new $10k motorcycle for commuting. You might see James Kirk riding one of the these three to the Star Fleet Academy, but you'll never catch Spock on one. However, if you need to get your motorcycle fix to and from work, then all of these would serve up a nice high for ya.
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check out a Versys and the Shiver side by side

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