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Old 07-12-2012, 07:52 AM   #1
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This is really an excellent article:

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/8/1363...-Shootout.aspx

I like that actual female riders and not motorcycle racers/editors are reviewing the bikes. And, they got some really comparable models and avoided the super high end screamer versions.

The Ducati Monster got a lot of positives. I still like those bikes, yet I dislike their air cooled engines in our hot climate and the terrible LCD instrument displays. If not for those instruments, I might get one given ABS is an option and otherwise the bikes are well made.
Monsters have lower seats than the Triumph and are very light weight. The Monster 796 with ABS is the sweet spot. BMW needs to build a competitive model in this range. The new Kawasaki stood up well, but they forgot ABS and it is pretty heavy. I sat on one and liked it a lot, the instruments on it are incredible compared to the Ducatis. Yamahas do nothing for me. Honda also has nothing in this category, yet. They need to take the CBR 250 R concept and make a twin 500 with about 70 hp and high technology.
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:03 AM   #2
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2013 , usa ninja 650 has abs as an option.
although I understand the air cooled concern... Haven't heard of an issue either.
Suzuki needs an SV replacement too.
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So the monster is a girls bike? New Rider has one of those...
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Thanks for the heads up on the Ninja ABS: very smart move. That bike now is in my possible category. It is basically an updated design of my EX 500. The Monster is definitely not a girls bike, the ladies deserve more respect. I have yet to ride a Monster, the biggest negative to me are the dismal LCD instruments. Why Ducati puts those on their otherwise beautifully engineered bikes baffles me. Nothing beats basic dials for a tach, large LCD is fine for speed (Triumph and Kawasaki designs). Man I hope it dries out so I can ride this afternoon after work.
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I just wish they brought the er6n to the states for longer than one year. It was over seas in '06, and has continued to get changed up each time the 650r does.
I agree on dials... one reason I chose my '07 650r instead of an '09.

With that said... I'd bet you get accustomed to any dash... and the feeling of the motorcycle will overcome any distraction from the dash. AKA... don't let THAT hold you up (I had plenty of other reasons... price/warranty/etc).
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the new ninja looks more like a versys now
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i must admit that when i am riding, i do not spend much time looking at the instruments.. i ride by feel and sound.
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Good point although around Sugar Land, with our local police, I watch speed pretty closely especially around the schools. Otherwise I keep my eyes scanning all the time. I have decided if Triumph does not offer the ABS and or a bit lower sear I am likely buying the Ducati Monster. Which Monster is to be determined. This review influenced me a lot--many riders love their Monsters.
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