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Thinking of going monster... - July 24, 2012, 09:50 AM

So, as of late riding the 05 VTX has become well...boring. since i mostly ride it back and forth from work...like cars, i am surprised i made it this long w/out swapping it.

That being said, it looks like the monster has a similar riding position. I am going to test ride of course, just curious on y'alls opinion. It seems a bunch of you ride the monster.

I dig the look, and the price of the 696 is about what i want to pay. hoping ducpond might help out a bit.... I dont see a huge difference between the 696 and 796..

What I like about my VTX is, ride height, ride position, comfy seat, loud aftermarket pipes, torque, easy maintenance. (duc seems to have improved the maint cycle, but i think it still has the bad rap)

what i dont like about my vtx: boring cruiser look, turns like a cruiser, well its a cruiser and getting bored of it... lol

so..give me the good and the bad..what to look for..etc..


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Have you thought about a Multi? Commuting to work is nice with a top case. Plus heated grips and plugs for heated gear.
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based on price.. NOPE. my VTX OTD in 2005 was 8K, plus 1K in aftermarket upgrades.. looking to stay around the same.

my commuter suit does me good. Im not a CRAZY commuter, if its fraking retarded cold, i dont ride...


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July 24, 2012, 10:02 AM

Unless you are under 150 lbs or a new rider (which you are not) dont go 696 (just my opinion). I have the 796 and love it for city riding. Hands down the most fun I have had on the street between 30 and 80 MPH; after 100 it gets a little sketchy. The 1100 Evo is the bomb but for just city style riding the TQ might bug you. I wish I had the 1100 for the days when Im out west but to and from work I couldnt ask for more from the middleweight. Everything about the bike is awesome.... except the suspension. Without an S option Im ready to go buy the suspension just to get that added layer I want. Only an issue though when you are pushing the bike hard or out west having fun, thats when you notice the suspension making you work more.

You also have the 848 Streetfighter which is similar to the monster's seat position but the suspension and the motor on the fighter are a lot better.'

Either way I doubt you will be let down, but get out to DucPond and test ride one, thats when you will know what you want.
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July 24, 2012, 10:07 AM

I love my monster and it is by far the best bike for the type of riding I do now. Which seems to align with what you are looking for. I do not think you will regret getting a monster. Just stay away from the small ones. I rode a 620 before my 800 and hated it.





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Thought about used? You could find a 1100 monster for around your range. small tank tho


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Can you elaborate on your opinion of the 696 and the weight of the rider?

based on specs only, the 696 is slightly lighter than the 796 with only 7hp less..

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I love my monster and it is by far the best bike for the type of riding I do now. Which seems to align with what you are looking for. I do not think you will regret getting a monster. Just stay away from the small ones. I rode a 620 before my 800 and hated it.
price seems to be dictating which one...

so you dont like the 696 either then?

yeah mostly commuting, but every once in a while i get to go out and ride some fun roads..


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Thought about used? You could find a 1100 monster for around your range. small tank tho

i would consider it..however.. i dont usually like to buy used. i want to be the only one that has farted on my seat...lol

any good leads on a used one?


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July 24, 2012, 10:18 AM

Alex,
There isnt much difference on paper between the two, but the 796 has more grunt all around.. that is where the difference is. I dont have a 796 demo, but I do have a 696 you can ride. Realistically it is a great bike, but if you have longer legs it will feel cramped for sure.. Power wise though, the 6 is just smooth all over, it doesnt do anything to get you in trouble really. The 7 has that lil bit more that makes it FEEL bigger, even though it is close to the same..


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oh ok.

Im short and tubby. 5'8" ~200lbs...

goose: based on riding position and comfort, how does the monster compare to my current ride?

if you can do a 796 for a 696 price, Im in! lol


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maybe a .netter can let me ride their 796..


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I have not ridden the 696 but if I was buying I would buy the 796 ( im a sucker for a single swing arm). I have a 2006 800 S2R and I love it. If you want let me know and ill toss you the keys for a weekend or so.





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