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Kermit is currently offline  Kermit   United Kingdom
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(22) Giacomo Agostini

Monster 750 - Will it be a fun bike to ride?[ 14 votes ]
1. Yes 9 / 64%
2. No 1 / 7%
3. Juniper bush 4 / 29%

I lied a little in my Monster thread as I think I said somewhere (or maybe just to andy on the phone) I rode it a few hundred yards. Well if truth be told I rode it nowhere before buying and besides obviously not being able to test the gearbox Blush it was pissing it down when I arrived and I had no insurance sorted out for it. I did all the main static test and running from cold etc and knew the engine was sound.

Most regulars here know if there's two bikes I regret selling they are my first 929 which I traded for the SP1 (+ a grand) with the SP1 being the second. My second 929 is sorted (thanks to Gravel) who a few years back sold me his sorted bike but getting another SP1 was more than I wanted to spend on a 2nd bike and guess I just wanted something different from the 929 costing less irrespective as to how good or bad the Monster turns out to be.

So in short, will the Monster be an enjoyable bike for quick(ish) blasts and maybe some longer more relaxed (slower RollEyes ) rides and has anyone here ever ridden one or even a sports Ducati?

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Re: Monster 750 - Get your votes and thoughts in [message #241096 is a reply to message #241093] Mon, 28 February 2011 01:17 Go to previous messageGo to next message
andy_scouser is currently offline  andy_scouser   United Kingdom
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(16) Barry Sheene
Never ridden one tbh but I do fancy a naked bike for a more relaxed / less aggressive ride. I'd try it and see but I reckon you have a distinctive fun bike there! I doubt any ducati handles badly and you have more than enough poke.

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Re: Monster 750 - Get your votes and thoughts in [message #241101 is a reply to message #241096] Mon, 28 February 2011 01:31 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I think you will be dissapointed by the duke, it is without doubt a clean bike that youve improved drastically - but it will feel like a 600 and given the choice4 between the duke and te 929, i know which one i'd pick

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Re: Monster 750 - Get your votes and thoughts in [message #241109 is a reply to message #241101] Mon, 28 February 2011 07:08 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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if its anything like my mates Raptor you will have a lot of fun. comfortable riding position and plenty of presence with those pipes Thumbs Up
Re: Monster 750 - Get your votes and thoughts in [message #241111 is a reply to message #241109] Mon, 28 February 2011 07:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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(19) John Surtees
my thoughts are its a sit up bike with wide bars. Grin

its got duke suspenders and brembo brakse. Grin

new fancy tyres and a punchy little motor. Thumbs Up

it will fly round corners and handle great (you wont keep up with gixers blades etc but you wouldn't expect too.though lots cant ride em for shit so you will scare a few if you get a nice twisty section Wink

give it a chance mate i think you will find it fun with a capitol F
Re: Monster 750 - Get your votes and thoughts in [message #241116 is a reply to message #241111] Mon, 28 February 2011 08:15 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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A friend of mine who's owned and ridden a few bikes (the last being a Daytona 675) says that his ideal bike for road riding would be a Monster. Don't know if that's any help, but at least it's a supporting vote smile

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Re: Monster 750 - Get your votes and thoughts in [message #241117 is a reply to message #241111] Mon, 28 February 2011 08:15 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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It will be fun to ride, however, the 929 will do everything better.
Re: Monster 750 - Get your votes and thoughts in [message #241118 is a reply to message #241117] Mon, 28 February 2011 08:22 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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(14) Eddie Lawson
think Wheelie monster Grin RollEyes Grin Yes Yes Yes .

I fancy one for a few of the right reasons and a lot of wrong ones Idea Doh No popcorn .


bear Grin
Re: Monster 750 - Get your votes and thoughts in [message #241123 is a reply to message #241118] Mon, 28 February 2011 08:52 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I tried one a few years ago. Once you get out of the sportsbike mindset they are great fun. Thumbs Up
Re: Monster 750 - Get your votes and thoughts in [message #241143 is a reply to message #241123] Mon, 28 February 2011 12:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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(19) John Surtees
I tried one and hated it. The bars seem too wide and there's too much movement through the bars for my liking that are from road feedback. Not a fan of V twins either which probably didnt help; you never feel like you're shifting apart from the numbers on the speedo. Not my bag personally but if we were all teh same, life would be pretty dull.
Re: Monster 750 - Get your votes and thoughts in [message #241157 is a reply to message #241143] Mon, 28 February 2011 14:25 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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(21) Valentino Rossi
I tried one a few years ago. A mate had one, thought it was great fun. Although i didn't go that far on it.. Thumbs Up Thumbs Up
Re: Monster 750 - Get your votes and thoughts in [message #241162 is a reply to message #241157] Mon, 28 February 2011 14:35 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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tried one....didnt like it so bought a hornet....got bored of that and bought a blade
Re: Monster 750 - Get your votes and thoughts in [message #241206 is a reply to message #241162] Mon, 28 February 2011 19:03 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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(15) Kenny Roberts
Never ridden a Duke,but I can see where you are going with the naked thing.
I bought a Speed triple and really like it. Lets you know when you are getting to far over 70, but pulls like a train.

Only way that you will know is to ride it for some time as everyone's view will be very subjective and your taste may have changed without you knowing.
Re: Monster 750 - Get your votes and thoughts in [message #241259 is a reply to message #241206] Mon, 28 February 2011 22:31 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Darth Blader is currently offline  Darth Blader   United Kingdom
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I've had a couple of Monsters, both 900s, pus before that I had a 750SS (Lara929 will remember it well).

The 750 was a sweet bike, basically a monster in a Burqa, and an even sweeter motor. Free revving, relatively smooth, very pleasant to ride, but not a lot of go, just not really man enough. Decent brakes, comfy and sounded fantastic.

I only had the first Monster for a few weeks, it was a late carb model, and it was a bit of a pain. Took ages to warm up, coughed, spluttered and generally misbehaved (the 750 was the same). Used for a short commute it was hopeless, so I chopped it in for an injected model. Much better in terms of engine behaviour. It was a fab bike, looked and sounded great, more than fast enough for a naked bike, comfy too. I'm not really sure why I sold it, another mistake perhaps.

Some years later, I still hankered after a naked roadster, had to be a twin, (had a Hornet for a few years and loved that too, but IL4s are the wrong motor configurtion for a naked bike, you don't need top end power, you need torque) and after a while bought a BMW Rockster, which again I got rid of after only a few weeks. Too big, too heavy, awkward and not much fun. A few months later I stumbled over a Buell Lightning which I love and I've still got. Brilliant.

The Monster and Buell are similar in character, torquey, lumpy, and vibey, but once revving are a real treat. Not town bikes, but on decent B roads they're perfect. Plenty fast enough, light(ish), nimble and make you laugh out loud, great fun.

You might find the 750 too slow, a bit gutless, you'll get bored, but you might find the 900/1000 too lumpy. Whichever you plump for, make sure it's an injected model. If you do go down the 750 route, make sure it's a twin disc bike, not all of them are. In my opinion the best looking ones are the early ones, up to mid 2000's or so, they got uglier after that with over and under exhausts

If it's any recommendation, I'd have another!

PS follwing a couple of comments above. Yes the 929 will do everything better, faster, handling, brakes etc, but it won't be more fun unless you are doing silly mph. At legal speeds they are a bit of a bore. That's why I sold my Blade. Secondly, yes the turning circle is painful, very limited bar movement lock to lock.

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Re: Monster 750 - Get your votes and thoughts in [message #241263 is a reply to message #241259] Mon, 28 February 2011 22:52 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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(22) Giacomo Agostini
Thanks for all the views, very interesting and as I suspect it'll be in the eyes of the beholder as to wether I like it or not and wether it suits my type of riding.

btw DB, I've already got the 750 Monster.....a slower, lumpy carb model but then again it was cheaper than a later model and thats the way I like my #2 bikes Laugh
Re: Monster 750 - Get your votes and thoughts in [message #241266 is a reply to message #241263] Mon, 28 February 2011 22:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Oh no. After reading ghat can I change my vote? Sounds like you have have bought a pig there Wink
Re: Monster 750 - Get your votes and thoughts in [message #241267 is a reply to message #241263] Mon, 28 February 2011 22:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Ooops, just re-read your fist post, now realise it wasn't a short test ride. Good luck with it. Naked twins make a lot of sense. Thumbs Up

PS Not as pretty but I think you'd like the Buell more. Wink

PPS be careful what oil you put in it. I knackered the clutch on my 750 with super slippy fully synthetic. Clutch slipped big time. Also found the slave clutch cylinder seal was failing so sorted that out. Only other problem was the paint falling off the engine cases.

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Re: Monster 750 - Get your votes and thoughts in [message #241271 is a reply to message #241267] Mon, 28 February 2011 23:13 Go to previous message
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(22) Giacomo Agostini
I didn't see a Buell when scanning ebay but if I had and it was the right sort of money I could well have bought one for similar reasons ie being different from the 929.

As for oil, I've gone for Motul 5100 Semi 15W/50 which seemed to be recommended as the best oil for not too much cash smile
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