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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-11-2018, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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So...........It looks like I'm all heated up to buy a 2018 Monster 821 (Yellow). Kinda curious what peeps like and don't like with the beast. I currently own and will still own after purchase a 2004 Monster S4R with race ECU and air box set up. I hope I'm not disappointed with the difference in punch the 821will offer.

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So...........It looks like I'm all heated up to buy a 2018 Monster 821 (Yellow). Kinda curious what peeps like and don't like with the beast. I currently own and will still own after purchase a 2004 Monster S4R with race ECU and air box set up. I hope I'm not disappointed with the difference in punch the 821will offer.

Wayne-o
That's such an interesting progression to me.

I just can't get on-board with the newer bikes. They're so damn laden with tech and lines. It's exactly what the S2R and S4R lines weren't. The bodies of the monster line became kind of bloated and tubby, and the design more steampunk and deliberate over just badass bare bones. In short they stopped looking like race bikes with the fairing removed and started looking like a ricer who was overcompensating and coffee can upgrading his pipes, etc etc. The trellis frame became smaller and crushed looking/a cosmetic feature rather than, 'oh there's the freaking frame of the bike'..
I'm over-stating for argument effect. I know I'd still be crazy happy with one..
I just wished they looked like the older ones. :/

That said, times move on.. Can't really argue that a brand new bike is a reset on everything, and you're currently riding a 14 year old bike. It's going to feel slick as hell. (in a good way).

I'd be super interested to hear how you feel the power compares between those two as well. That S4R truly is a monster.. I'd love to hear all about it. Particularly the ABS. So much talk of people turning the ABS off, and as I've never ridden an ABS bike, I'd be interested to hear what you think.

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Thanks for your feed back Rob. I just had the S4R serviced for the summer. I took it out for a small jaunt and the raw grunt this bike has is simply captivating and addictive. I agree with all you said but the 2018 Yellow 821 monster is for sure an eye catcher.

I've always been of the opinion the if you can't ride worth a dam ya gotta look good. Thats kinda where I'm at. :-)

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-12-2018, 04:12 AM
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The M821 won't have the sheer thrust of the S4R, but it won't be as far off as a lot of people seem to think.
Probably the most noticeable change will be that the M821 will handle much better.

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I'd imagine the Testastretta II 821 has less of a drink problem than the S4R.

I'd still imagine a lot of similarities though once on the move.

Any snaps?

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