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Hey all -
While I have never ridden a Ducati, I've heard "stories" that the 748/916/996/998 Ducs have a characteristic of not having the best turning radius' when maneuvering tight corners at parking lot or U-turn speeds.

Just wondering if the Monster has this same characteristic?

Thanks for all your input!

Wes <-- Hopefully a soon to be Monster owner
 
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The trellis frame design that is consistent throughout the Ducati product line does impose an inherent limitation with regard to "lock-to-lock" travel.

Low speed turning radius is limited as a consequence. Most folks figure out the limits pretty quick and even quicker if they dump the bike at 2 MPH in a parking lot

the limit is not a big deal and is a small price to pay for a machine that otherwise has god-like handling qualities
 

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Well, on the upside: the Monster is so light that you can really easily maneuver it around by hand , meaning standing next to the bike and moving it. You can easily slide the rear wheel if you need. Try doing that with a Goldwing! All in all, the Monster maneuvers quite well. Better than my ST4 in any case, and better than a Kawa GPZ900R too. Haven't had other bikes so wouldn't know 'bout others...
 

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All recent Ducatis up to, but not including, the Multistrada have had bigger than average turning radiuses. As long as you're aware of it before you try some tight maneuvering in a critical situation, it's not generally a big deal. The Multistrada also has a trellis frame and they figured out how to make it turn sharper.

If I had to take the California DMV riding test on my Monster, I would be concerned about its inability turn sharply, since the circle you're asked to ride around is basically full lock on my bike. For all other riding, it's not the slightest concern.
 

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I agree totally about the lightness being the most maneuverable aspect of the monster. My BMW was a byatch just to get out of the garage! Kept me from riding sometimes;almost! Takes a little getting used to at slow speeds while riding, but still is very nimble, in my opinion.

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;DRe: Maneuvering a Monster vs. 748/916/996/998

Nobody here has mentioned the lock-stop bolts either side of the forks....... I adjusted mine the day I got it, as standard turning circle was CRAP. Only backed em out a turn or so either side, but in London traffic, it made so much difference.


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