Join Date: Nov 2017
My last bike was a 2014 Yamaha FJR 1300 ES. I demo'd the 17' R and S back to back at bike week in AZ last spring. Reason I owned the FJR was demo a ride at bike week. I put 21K flawless miles on the big FJR that included WI to WA trip on purchase and a border to border Pacific Coast Highway ride. Several WA to AZ runs sprinkled in. It also did track days being the only bike to roll in under its own power carrying all its own gear. Drop the bags tape up and ride. Posted the second highest speed at the end of the front straight at 138 beaten only by a big gal and I mean big on Hybusa which turned 146.
Both bikes really fit me well. I like the monster as it fits like and old pair of jeans or leather gloves. Riding position is not too extreme for long rides. I needed to ride both again back to back. The quick shifter was cool but I am old school. The clutch is your friend. What to get to know your bike well? Get to know the clutch. I am the same way with cars. I will give a few tenths shifting to row the gears. I can do more with a clutch in corner that your can't do with a paddle shifter. But dam do they shift fast. I can live without the QS. I took a 1200 standard for a long ride. I knew I wanted one. I was hot for a MV Brutale until I drove one. It wasn't the 1200 but the head shake was awful. It had starting issues after refueling. Back with Monster fever. Looked at Touno but just like the monsters looks better. I wanted the Steering Dampener and the front fairing which I would have added to an S anyway. I thought I wanted red until I saw a Black R live. Loved it. Ok you the lighter wheels too. I added a little red bling and a set of slip on Termi's. R has the bigger 58MM header already so you just need the slip-ons which come with a factory approved tune. They say 3% power increase. It feel more like 15%. I ran the bike back to back on the same road before and after. Pulls way harder with the pipe and tune. I have only run with the DB killers out. Its perfect! I agree that once your past 100 to 110 the bike loses its fun as you have to fight the wind. Up until then it is surprisingly perfect with the little fairing. It makes a big difference vs not having one at all. The sound with the termi's is intoxicating. Cross between my Honda XL 350 with a Bassani torque pipe and a piped Harley at lower speeds. You can really hear the V-twin sound unlike inline 4. At high RPM's she just has that Ducati V twin wail. I already have way too much into this bike but it is just so much fun. I think she will always have a home my garage. Only complaints are no cruise or heated grips and dash mount USB would be nice. Gear box has a few N if you get lazy your shifts so don't.
2017 Ducati Monster 1200 R Black