I was also considering buying one, but the maintenance alone was over my head. The cost of simply doing routine tasks on it run you about $700, where as on a Ninja it would only cost about $200. I was told that "Everybody should own one, but not as their only bike." So I would spend the money on something more useful, like a ZX7R or 9R or something along those lines.
A monster seems really cool to us here in the states but in europe the are just considered standards, nothing special. The police in parts of Italy used to ride the 900 monsters, so that kinda tells you that they are just normal bikes. Sorta like a nighthawk over here, except better looking. I would go with the new naked honda 600 they have been out in europe for many years and are very popular (they call um hornets) but they just started selling them over here. It is the little brother to the 919. Or there is always the sv650 another good bike. Either of these two will be cheaper and out perform the little monster.
Nice bike but grossly underpowered. I have a friend with one and he constantly talks about how he wants to get rid of it. He just doesn't have the money for a bike payment and not the best of credit either. He's very unhappy with it. I would say get the 900 if you get any monster. Otherwise you may end up with the same problem. The other problem, as stated, the services are extremely expensive as compared to other bikes. I worked at a Ducati dealer here in Las Vegas and it was not rare to see an $800 service. You would be much better off buying an SV650 or something comparable. Moto Guzzi makes a very nice 750 at a cheap price it's called the Breva. Most aren't selling well and you may be able to pick one up cheap. Along the same lines, the Buell XB9's aren't selling well either so they are going extremely cheap. Around here you see them for around 7000 new. Search around a bit more. Unless you're getting an unbelievable deal like my buddy did, look around for something better.
Suzuki SV 650 is a much better bike, the 600 Monster is underpowered and overpriced. If you do get one, make sure you change the cam belts every 4k miles. The book says 8k but I had one delaminate with only 5k. Top end rebuild
screw the sv!! get the new yamaha fzr600!! the one with half fairings and the detuned R6 engine!! that thing looks sweet and should satisfy racing needs..and speaking of racing it...why don't you just get a race bike then!
I don't think it would be much of a race bike. In the 600 class any multi will toast it. The handling will be OK but will need a determined approach.
I had one of the new FZR 600s for a day recently. Great fairing, good engine and the worst gearbox of any bike I have ever ridden. At town speeds it was clunky, notchy and downright nasty. Got a bit better when revs rose but it spoiled the bike for me.
Mmmm... such sweet memories of a chiquita on a Duc Monster. Last year at Mid-Ohio, there was this feminina sporting a baby blue bikini top, cut off shorts, sandals and braided pigtails cruising the grounds.
Never did get the change to say hello to her though...
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