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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 03-25-2004, 02:04 AM
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400 monster

Went to ducati japan,didn't understand a word,cept they got a 400cc monster,so of course i e-mail ducati for some info and why only japan,well because of the strict pollution laws
they get the small displacement.Bummer
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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old 03-25-2004, 02:58 AM
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Re: 400 monster

I thought the main reason is that it's very difficult to get a license to ride anything over 400cc's in Japan.
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post #3 of 36 (permalink) Old 03-25-2004, 03:15 AM
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Why would you want a 400cc Ducati anyhow?
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post #4 of 36 (permalink) Old 03-25-2004, 04:09 AM
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I guess it's better than no Duc at all......

It's got a 51mm stroke, compared to the 61.5mm stroke on the 620. Probably revs to about 12k. And you would need every last one of 'em, too.

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just to have one,and have fun in twisties and around town.
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A licence for +401cc bikes in Japan was very hard to get. You show up at a DMV-like facility and take a do-or-die riding test. You've got one shot at riding the course without making any critical mistakes to pass. If you can't, they send you home. You set up another appointment and show up on a later date. I think the success ratio was under 1:25.

Recently the law changed so you can take courses and get a licence after completing a series of classes.

Why they drew the line at 400, I don't know. Maybe they didn't want to see too many high powered bikes running around in such a small country.

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funny considering they export things like the 'Busa'
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Re: 400 monster

That's pretty typical in Asain countries I think. Last summer I was in Thailand and I never saw anything above a 250 the whole time I was there. In fact it was rare to see anything over a 150. I know they pay a sales tax based on the size of the engine there. I assume it's high enough to be a pretty good deterrent for most riders there to get a smaller bike.

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post #9 of 36 (permalink) Old 11-01-2004, 08:08 AM
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Hiya, my first post today.

I own a Monster400, and I live in sunny Singapore, a small country in South East Asia. Have taken it at 140 km/h at about 7,500 rpm. Heard that my bike can hit 200 km/h no problem; haven't developed the guts to try it yet. Plus we're pretty strict about speeding in this country.

Yes, the 400 is nice to nip around, and I usually ride it at 100 km/h at 4,500 rpm. In Singapore, we get all sort of bikes, and the smallest is about 100 cc, the largest being about 1,500 cc.

Well, if you want to check out the Singapore scene we have a fairly busy bike forum at www.singaporebikes.com

Love my Monster; ... juz so exciting.

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post #10 of 36 (permalink) Old 11-01-2004, 08:33 AM
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"Why a 400 Monster?"
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