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hey guys,

even though i'm already in my mid thirties, i'm just now getting my first motorcycle - which has one advantage: at least i have some money to spend on a nice monster :cool:

unfortunately, i have no idea where to start... all i know is that i really like the mean look of the monster (especially in a matte all black finish...) and enjoy the sound of a real engine (not like those little japanese racing bikes... :eek: ) ...oh and i'm 6'0" - so i'm looking for a bike that is not too small.

any suggestions, tips, or comments are very much appreciated.

thanks.
 

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That's a hard question. It's pretty much personal preference. They generally say start on the smaller bikes like a 696, but lets me honest the speed limit is the same no matter what bike your on so as long as you're responsible it doesn't matter.

That being said, I love my 696 and it's a great starter bike or a nice twisty bike for an experienced rider like myself. I bought it because I wanted a play bike, and something my wife could use as an upgrade bike to her 250r.
 

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hey boris,

thanks a lot for the quick feedback. I read that the 696 has a quite low seat - so is 6'0" not too tall for it? (I know that's not huge, but tall enough to look funny on a too small bike :)
 

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Yeah it's pretty low and from what I understand the 796 is even lower. They do make a touring seat that'll get you up a bit, but you're still going to be pretty flat footed. I'm 5'9 and flat footed on the stock seat, although that's not a bad thing. The riding position is pretty good, and backing up is so much easier flat footed.
 

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Stick with the smaller displacement Monsters for your first. If you buy one thats got a few years on it you should be able to ride it for a year or so and ditch it without much loss provided you keep it on the tires and kickstand. Then you can trade up to a bigger, more powerful bike. Get some frame sliders and don't spend alot of money on accessories until you feel more confident you're not gonna drop it. Monsters are not big bikes, at 6' you'll fit on the bike but you're gonna make it look small...trust me I'm 6'1". I can send you a pic of me riding my S4R to give you some perspective if you PM me your email. The brakes and handling of the monster will make it a good, safe first ride I think...the power/gearing in the bigger displacements could be dangerous for a beginner. I've never ridden an 800 so I'm not quite sure there.

btw...great taste in rides for a noob ;)

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I guess if you are asking this question in a Ducati forum you are aiming for such brand right?
If so head to the dealer and try all the monsters you can. If you are also looking at other brands the Yamaha FZ6 is a great naked and very smooth in the throttle. The Triumph street triple it is also an awesome bike… so there’s plenty to choose from but it is up to your taste and riding preference.
My suggestion is try as many as you can, short list a few and then (just then) check the bike reviews and see whether they align with your views, that would help you make the final judgment.
This is from someone that was looking for a Triumph and ended up with a Ducati :).

Good luck!
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I would imagine at 6' the Truimph would fall off the list fast, as well as the Buells if they were a consideration. The Triple is definitely designed around a shorter framed rider and didn't fit me at all (6'1" as stated above) and when I get on Buells I feel like I'm looking down at the front of the headlight. The guy said he likes Monsters anyway...smart fella on two counts, Monsters seem to accomodate tall guys that wanna ride like short guys, and they're just plain bad ass! I never did sit on a Tuono so that might be worth a look especially with the deep pockets you mentioned :)

In the end it's all what feels good under you, thats a key point in a few of life's pursuits come to think of it, lol

Godspeed,

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I'm old too - 41, 5'11".. just got my first bike (since I was a kid).. '04 Monster 620. Couldn't be happier. Easy to ride, easy to control, flat footed at stops is a good thing.

Good Luck!
 

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I guess if you are asking this question in a Ducati forum you are aiming for such brand right?
So far I really liked the Ducati the best from all I've seen. However, if it makes me look like I'm sitting on a toy bike, I might have to re-consider :)

I'm old too - 41, 5'11".. just got my first bike (since I was a kid).. '04 Monster 620. Couldn't be happier. Easy to ride, easy to control, flat footed at stops is a good thing.
Glad to hear that! is the 620 about the same size as the 696?

In the end it's all what feels good under you, thats a key point in a few of life's pursuits come to think of it, lol
LOL - true that! ...oh and my pockets are not thaaat deep, just deeper than in my 20s ;)

What is a Tuono?
 

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The Tuono is Aprillia's naked...google it, impressive machine. I don't think you should be so concerned about seat height as you sould be about distance to the pegs and bars. By bars I mean handlebars of course, distance to the watering hole type bars becomes less of a concern if you're comfortable on your bike...lol. You will be spending more time with your feet on the pegs that on the pavement. Seat height is a factor short people need to consider to be certain they will be able to balance the bike at a stop and won't be doing a Yosemite Sam foot swing everytime the bike stops moving. It's really not much of a factor for rider comfort.

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Yeah, they're lots of bike out there if you're going to be looking around. SV650 has always been a favorite of mine. I've never owned one but my cousing and brother in-law have both had them, so I've ridden them and they're torque animals (almost used the word monsters but that wouldn't be proper on this forum).

Bunnmann is spot on. If you're looking for something because of your height, seat to pegs is what you want to look at. Long rides will lock up your knees so you want a good comfy position for you legs. You also want to make sure the seat to bars distance is good for you, although that can generally get fixed with different bars or risers.

Good luck in your search, whatever you end up with just make sure you post pics here :)
 

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Good luck in your search, whatever you end up with just make sure you post pics here :)
Thanks for your help guys! I'll definitely post a picture as soon as I decide for one. Except of course if it ends up not being a monster - in which case I'd hide in shame :)
 

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I have an older 03 monster 800 i.e. Bought this brand new and was was my first bike. I'm 6'3". Prob just fit the bike.
 

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First bike (Monster)

I'm 38, and started riding about three years ago. My first bike was a Monster620 Dark, which my friend and I refer to now as the "60". I'm 6'1, 200lbs, and it was a little small for me.

If I was in your shoes, I'd look for an S2R 800, say an '06 or '05. I bet you can get one at a good price, low miles, and probably having already had the 7500 tuneup.

I bought a S2R1000 in '08 and absolutely looove it. You can't go wrong with a Duck.

My advise, have a quick clutch, and if it ever starts to go down, don't try to keep it up by grabbing the throttle. Did that the first week I had the 620. $700 later, it was ready to trade.

Good luck, and when you ride, consider yourself invisible.

-Dan
 
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