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Hi! I'm brand new here, looking for some advice. I've been reading a lot of threads, but I though I would solicit information directly. Quick background: My current bike is a Suzuki SV650. I have been riding for about 4 years. I mostly commute, occasionally do some camping, never go to the track. I have definitely outgrown the Suzuki and I want something I am going to be happy with for a long time. Budget is about $10k but I would love to spend less and get the beat deal possible. So far I have ridden a s2 800 and the s4rs. I was not super impressed by the 800 as compared to my Suzuki, but I really liked the s4rs. I have not ridden the s2r1000 yet. I guess my dilemma is this: I want something that I will be happy with for long time, but I don't want to waste money a bike that's too fast or too advanced for me. Ease of service is also an issue, as is avoiding speeding tickets :) Also, I think Carbon fiber is kind of silly looking. I'm hoping to pick one up used that already has some of the common mods done. Any advice is appreciated. Cheers!
 

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Leashes,

I just bought a Monster 1100 6 weeks ago....and I'm happy as a pig in sh** with it.

A bit of my history before I get into the bike itself:
I'm 33yrs old, ex-military (explosive ordnance disposal....bomb squad, so I am an adrenaline junky by nature). I started riding 9 years ago on Harley's...Sportster 1200 and 92 Lowrider. I had a break in riding for 4-5 years while I was overseas with the military and finally decided to bite the bullet and buy the bike I'd been dreaming of owning since I was 9....A Ducati.

I had originally wanted a 696 as it sits lower (I'm only 5'7") and has a bit less power than the 1100 (I was skittish about buying a "Liter-bike") but......when I went to the dealer to check em out in person all they had to test was the 1100. I hopped on it, warned the test ride guy that I hadn't ridden in 6-7 years, watched his jaw drop and then I zoomed off. From the moment I pulled out of the parking lot I was giggling like a school girl (I'm a dude). I had to have looked like The Joker under that oversized "dealer" one-size-fits-all PoS helmet.

After 4 or 5 miles of throwing the bike around like it was a mountain bike with 95hp I was hooked.....I had to have the 1100.

The 1100 doesn't have so much power that it will get away from you (unless you're a complete tard) but it has plenty when you need it. Its fun, light, powerful and torque-eeee as hell.
Keep in mind, this is all coming from a Harley rider with a gap in riding experience. I had never been on a sport bike before the test ride. I've never been on a S2 or S4 so I can't attest to any performance differences but I can tell you this....I do not regret my decision to go with the 1100 in any way.

As for price tag....$11.9k msrp (pre tax,tags,fees). Its a little above what you said you want to pay but....2yr warranty, 7500 mile service intervals. When I went I had my price tag set <$10k as well....I looked at the 696, 1100, Streetfighter, Triumph Speed Triple and Daytona, Yamaha R1/R6...all of which were at or above my required price range. I liked all the bikes I test rode or just looked at in some cases (yamaha wouldn't let me test ride)....but I fell immediately in love with the Monster 1100. My only saving grace was the end of the model year is quickly approaching so the dealer was getting rid of the test bike. It was Ducati Red (has to be imo), already had a couple of minor mods done to it (maybe $750 worth), already hit 600miles (escorted miles as well, so no insano riding done on it) and had the break in and service done to it AND I got it out the door for $11k (with all the gear I wanted). Might not be a bad idea to call around to any dealers within reasonable driving distance to see what they have for test bikes for sale (most don't advertise the test bikes on their sites from what I found).

I know there are folks here that have WAY more experience with Ducatis than I do that can tell you more about the differences between the S2/S4/1100 (from what I read, they're completely different bikes even though they share the Monster name) but I CAN tell you the 1100 is a great bike, probably more than anyone needs for what your needs are (same needs as mine) but tame enough to not get into trouble with...unless you want to!
 

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Go with the S2R1000. Cheaper to maintain than an S4R. Plenty of power too. That being said, ignore everyone and get whatever you REALLY want!
 

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get 1000

recently moved up from 620 to s2r1k. always liked AC bike too, much less cluttered, cheaper on maintenance. couldn't be happier. better everything, not too much power. bike is pretty easy to ride: slow to fast as you dare. got great deal on hardly used 06 s2r1k (less than 5k miles) with full termis + buncho other mods. it's a buyers market.
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Thanks!

I think my mind's more or less made up, but I did come across a pretty good deal on a s2r800 http://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/mcy/1354088779.html
The guy's willing to sell it for $5400, but there are couple concerns. It only has 9k miles, but the rear tire is worn way, way beyond the wear mark. It's squared off, so not from the track. What could cause that? If it's caused by just generally riding like a maniac, that's probably not a great sign. The other thing that bothered me was that the oil looked cloudy in the sight glass. Thanks for the great advice so far.
 

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For price comparison purposes, Ducati Seattle is asking $7k for the s200 I rode, bone stock with 10k miles
 
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