Out of curiosity I wanted to try the Monster. I see a lot of people ride it around. So I wanted to see what it was all about and dismiss or confirm the assumption that the Monster is too small for my height. With this said my second demo ride of the day was waiting for me - the red and white Ducati Monster S4R S.
Same route as of the Hypermotard demo lied ahead of me. So there I went.
This time around the riding posture seemed more familiar. I felt that my vehicle had two wheels again, not just one. Surprisingly the bike did not feel small for my height. Obviously a 5-10 minute demo ride is not enough to make it conclusive. But sill, I had expected a smaller bike feel to it. I tried gunning it a couple of times and at no time the bike felt underpowered. Well, I was not riding its 696cc younger brother after all.
The Monster did feel really nice and tight. The seat was not too hard and was actually relatively comfortable, same crisp shifts like the Hypermotard, tight suspension, nice feel in the turns. And the freeway ride did not feel all that bad either.
I got off the bike with mixed feelings. Again I was confused. I wanted to do this demo ride just for the hell of it. Someone offers you to ride a bike that you don’t even like or consider purchasing. Why not? A bike ride is a bike ride after all. But what came out of this demo ride was something I did not expect - me kind of liking the Monster. Again, a 5-10 minute ride can’t be conclusive. Besides the more common 695cc and effective 2008 696cc engine bike might prove to be less fun and more underpowered. Perplexed I went on to the Triumph section of the dealership.