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I was looking at picking up either a 749 dark 04 or a 999 03. What do you guys think about this choice? I went for a test drive on a 749s and a 999. The 999 had more power ofcourse but the 749s was no slouch and seem to be more nimble and a smoother ride. Since it was a 749s it has the same suspension as the 999, and they were both stock. The weight is only suppose to be a 4 lb difference, but the 999 just felt like a heavier bike. I can get a better deal on the 999 but the 749 dark is still much cheaper.
 

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Carefull,

I understand that there is a big (5-10%) difference in power between a 749s and a 749dark, suspension is also different
 
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Since when did they start makeing, Monster 749's and Monster 999's... Hmm, news to me. :)
 

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The 749S should have more power and better suspension (probably other goodies as well) than a regular 749.

The 999 is still going to have more power than a 749S, but the S should have better components.

The 749 Dark would be the cheapest way into the superbike arena by far (other than a used 748 or 916/996/998). However, I think a '03 999 might be a good deal if you can find one.

Do you need the extra goodies like Ohlins suspension on the S models?
 
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I haven't ridden a 749 yet, but I rode the 999 and it has a *sweet* engine. BUT - that 749 dark is one of the best lookin bikes out this year, and I think it would have plenty of power. I think they found the right color for terblanches design, and if I was to get a superbike, that would be it.
 
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My friend has a 749s and we went to California Speedway trackday together.
 
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