I really wanted to love this. I'd pined after a Monster for years. Beautiful, noisy, naked... Finally found an immaculate silver 750 and snapped it up. Bought with heart not head.
It was cripplingly uncomfortable. I'm 6ft, so nothing freakish. Yet the crouched-over riding stance meant that half an hour on the thing was enough. It's a small bike - I knew that - but there's something evil about the shape it makes you adopt as you ride. If you are considering one, please ensure you go for an extended test ride. Unless you are a hobbit or a teeny girl - then you should be fine.
After my scooter, performance seemed pretty pleasing. But compared to anything sporty, the gears are short and the power disappointing. Get a M900 if you can. I drove the 600 before buying the 750. Oh dear. It barely moved.
Handling was lovely. Torque impressive too. The most fun on this silly toy was pootling through London in the sun in second and periodically cracking back the throttle to skim past cars.
After a month it stopped starting. The specialist garage - conveniently placed half a mile away - said there was nothing wrong and blamed the cold weather. New to bikes I took their advice and used a trickle charger. This seemed to help, but still it didn't start sometimes. Eventually the muppets realised it needed a new battery. But by that time, I'd grown to hate the Ducati. Sorry, I tried.
I have now left biking entirely and am ecstatic with my Jaguar XJR. It has leather seats, a roof and a ten CD stack in the boot. Friends can come with me and the likelihood of my next mode of transport being a wheelchair has decreased.
Finally, my mouth still waters when I hear a Monster grumble by. Funny, life. Buy one if you must - but only if you are short of stature and blind to the vastly preferable alternatives.
6th Apr 2007, 04:39
I can't say anything bad about the monster.
I had a beautiful 99, 750 dark, with Leo Vince high pipes, handled like a dream, lots of power, very comfortable, 350 miles worth, sounded great. Then some shmuck backs into it and keeps on backing up, crushed it. I come out to find my bike laying on the street in a pool of gas. I was sick. The insurance company totaled the bike, they paid me $200 more than I paid for the bike 4 years earlier.
I took the check and bought a brand new S-4, whoa!! What a machine! But the 750 was lighter, more agile, so, I went and bought another 750. Now I have the 2 bikes, the 750 needed work, nothing major, I put a lot of carbon fiber parts on it, haven't got the exhaust done yet. Need to reseal the forks. And fix the brakes. But, very nice bikes, they hold their value, If it was a Honda, I would have gotten maybe half its value back.