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went to Westechester BMW to look at bikes, test rode the new Rockster and almost decided to defect (haven't ridden the Monster in a week). But then came home, looked at my bike for a while with a Rockster brochure in one hand, then rode the Monster and BMW lust faded away.

While BMW bikes still feel more substantial to me, and maybe if I lived on the West Coast and could put 10-20K miles annually on the bike the BMW would be my choice, I usually only ride on weekends and my average trip is about 100 miles, and the BMW just doesn't stand a chance against monster's overall design, agility and feel.

So Monster stays in my garage.

But otherwise - I was pleasantly surprised by Rockster's handling, power and BRAKING - man, does this bike STOP!!!
 

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None taken :). I really took no part in the design.

I sorta liked the tank and the single-sided swingarm along with wheel design, but the headlight piece looks like it was taken from some scooter
 
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nothing wrong with owning both,

I mean like you have more than one pair of shoes and at least a couple of shirts right?
 

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While BMW bikes still feel more substantial to me,
Substantial, is that what you call it? Kinda reminds me: people who don't like Mercedeses say they feel like safes on wheels. And people who like Mercedeses say they feel like safes on wheels.
Rene Carlos
 

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I had a down payment on a R1150R, but cancelled it and bought a Monster. No regrets. BMW's are awesome in their in right, but Ducati's have more soul! [smiley=evil.gif]
 

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tonyj... I was with you on that one! LOL!!!
 

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...I was pleasantly surprised by Rockster's handling, power and BRAKING - man, does this bike STOP!!!
Did you ride the ABS version?
 

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yes, the one with ABS. Beside ABS it has a brake servo assisting braking that also modulates rear brake upon front lever braking.

The bike stopped very well, held straight line without front dive drama.
 

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I remember someone telling me "once you drop acid, everything you see after that will look different." I remember melting on the bathroom floor and the walls were moving... we had one of those old style radiators in there and it started talking to me.
 
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