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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 03-20-2017, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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Who here has a second bike other than the monster 1200? Which one and why?

I had a triumph bonneville that was a great around town bike but I sold it. Thinking maybe picking up something else
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It depends on what your purposes are.
I have a second bike for my wife to ride (another Monster) because my Monster is not a good choice for carrying a passenger very far.
I have third, fourth, and fifth bikes because I have a hobby/interest in vintage scooters.
I am contemplating a sixth bike for touring two-up.

Others may have second bikes due to interests in antique bikes, or dirt biking, or touring, or racing/track use. Lots of reasons. The Monster is a very versatile bike, and can serve well as an only bike, but it isn't the best at absolutely everything, and a dedicated bike for a specific purpose may still be desired.

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You use the second monster as a two up or just for her to ride in her own?
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I concur with @philb above that the Monster is very versatile but it's also nice to have some complementary bikes.
My M1200R is paired up with a 959 Panigale. If I could afford and convince the wife for a third ride, it would be a Multistrada.
The wife rides a CBR300R. No pillion for me. I invite you to check out the photos in my garage.

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You use the second monster as a two up or just for her to ride in her own?
It's primary purpose is that we each ride our own -- hers is not any better at carrying passengers than mine is. I don't mind carrying a passenger, and the Monster doesn't mind carrying a passenger, but the passenger (or at least certain parts thereof) does mind, after a bit.

We have, at times, when one or the other of our bikes is somewhere else, ridden either hers or mine two-up, but the limit on that is not much more than 100 miles. Each on our own, we can do 200 or 300 miles comfortably. Me on my own, I can do 500 to 600 in a day pretty easily, and up to 900 if I need to, but she is not as experienced in long-distance riding (and doesn't aspire to be).

I'm looking at sport-touring bikes that could do well for longer trips two-up. I've only tested about half of my list of contenders, but the current leader in the reasonably-priced category is the Moto-Guzzi Norge. (In the unlimited category, I'd already have a MOTUS in the garage, and not be looking any more.)

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Who here has a second bike other than the monster 1200? Which one and why?
It's a good question but one where you are the only one to really know.
For me, the Monster is like a "Sport Cruiser" middle of the spectrum, bad-ass and can do everything but is not a specialist.
The Pani is at the pure racebike side of that spectrum. A touring bike would be at the other end.
Your complementary bike should reflect the preference of the type of riding you're going to use the most.
That's my 2c.

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I have found my Monster to be remarkably versatile and competent at a wide range of tasks. I expected it to be good at regular transport, and at sporting rides. I did not expect it to be good for traveling, but it has turned out to be fine for that (for one person) -- I've been to 35 states on it so far, plus parts of Canada and Mexico. It's not much for dirt, but I've done dirt roads, fire roads, and camping on it (including a few miles of sandy wash streambed once; that wasn't a lot of fun). It has been reliable and very durable, with reasonable maintenance. I've been very pleased overall, and thus have kept it as my main bike for quite a long time. The one thing it is short of, is passenger capacity.

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I've got quite a few second bikes. Too many to bother to list, but they fill my garage and a barn. I try to keep 8 running and legal at all times along with 2 dirt bikes, a truck, a van, and a Fiat.

Some days I wake up and want a mean and nasty 1000cc liquid cooled Monster, some days I want an air cooled Sport Classic, once in a while I like to ride my vintage Euro bikes around, and then most of the time I like to ride a 125cc not street legal in any State race bike wherever I go.
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My insurance broker is asking what's that Caferacermike's contact so he can retire early.

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I also have a 2012 Pikes Peak Multistrada. I am impressed with the 1200R for being close to the Multi on comfort. My rides consist mostly of 200 - 500 mile day rides in the mountains. On rough roads, carrying cargo, or two up the Multi is better suited. However it's 60 lbs heavier and can't match the acceleration, braking, and cornering of the 1200R. Both bikes get a lot of compliments for looks and performance.
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