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Old 03-15-2014, 03:32 PM   #1
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2012 monster 1100 evo any good?

OK I am about to pull the trigger on a 2012 1100 monster with 2500km, anything I should look for?

Is this a good model year for the monster?

I am looking for a bike to pop out on the odd weekend for a quick ride. My GS just wasn't getting used enough.

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Old 03-16-2014, 01:41 AM   #2
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What draws you to it? What are you looking for in a bike? It's a pretty specific type of machine, certainly not an "all rounder", in my opinion. Some would probably argue that...Actually, this is ADV, so there's no probably about it.


To answer the question 'is it any good', oh hell yes! It is really is GOOD!

It's one of those bikes that you really have to be looking for to appreciate. There's not much out there like it.
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Old 03-16-2014, 02:37 AM   #3
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It was the best Monster ever - until the new 1200S came out; now it's not much better than my 1978 Honda CB400 and your granny wouldn't be caught on one. That's the way it goes in the Ducati world. ;)
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Old 03-16-2014, 11:24 AM   #4
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Mainly I'm drawn to the look and the sound of it. I think its a bike I would probably shine and look at more than ride (I know, its a sin).

I know its not much good in a straight line but what the hell I'm sure if I decide it's not for me I can find it another home.
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Old 03-16-2014, 02:38 PM   #5
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Who buys a bike to ride in a straight line? I have 39,000 miles on my M1100s and am looking forward to another 39,000.
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Old 03-16-2014, 05:40 PM   #6
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I had an m1100S and loved the heck out of it! The only reason I don't still have it is because this Bimota became available and I couldn't resist.
The Monster, that one in particular, is a great road bike. With a different seat it is very comfy and they are actually quite reliable. The biggest problem with them is the farkle acquisition syndrome, there is just too many cool things that you can buy for them!
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Old 03-16-2014, 06:26 PM   #7
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Who buys a bike to ride in a straight line? I have 39,000 miles on my M1100s and am looking forward to another 39,000.
Absolutely, the problem is finding a nice set of curves in my area is tough, I guess I could always look for a V-Max
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Old 03-16-2014, 08:42 PM   #8
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i had a M1100 and miss it quite a bit. the old air-cooled 2v with a dry clutch has a sound that can't be matched.
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Old 03-16-2014, 09:03 PM   #9
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i had a M1100 and miss it quite a bit. the old air-cooled 2v with a dry clutch has a sound that can't be matched.

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Old 03-18-2014, 12:17 PM   #10
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I thought the 1100 Evo was a wet clutch?
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Old 03-18-2014, 04:04 PM   #11
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It is a wet clutch.

And, I like a fast, peppy bike. I can tell you that the M1100 is most definately a fast bike. It's not R1 fast, but it does just fine in a straight line.
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Old 03-18-2014, 04:11 PM   #12
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I got it now. The earlier m1100 (2009) was dry clutch. M1100 Evo is wet.
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Old 03-18-2014, 04:15 PM   #13
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Oh, they handle just fine even with the stock suspension. On the track I find I can run in the Fast group with no issues. Sure, I get taken on the straights but I more than make up for it in the corners. That, and I've gone the route of a Penske rear shock and GP Suspension 25mm cartridges up front. Unbelievably good feel...

I'm at 17,000 miles on my EVO. It's a good, solid bike. Vibes, rocks, rolls…add an exhaust and it's got fantastic thump to it. Plenty of torque and peppy acceleration. Good times.

Overall mines been trouble free. What I can tell you is that I absolutely HATE working on the Desmo valves. I'd rather do the valves on my old VF500f than do them on the Duc.

I've found the saddle to be comfortable for 500 mile days and I average around 42mpg.

Overall, it's a good win. I like it more than the new M1200s due to the much lighter weight and simplicity of design.
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Old 03-18-2014, 06:32 PM   #14
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Oh, they handle just fine even with the stock suspension. On the track I find I can run in the Fast group with no issues. Sure, I get taken on the straights but I more than make up for it in the corners. That, and I've gone the route of a Penske rear shock and GP Suspension 25mm cartridges up front. Unbelievably good feel...

I'm at 17,000 miles on my EVO. It's a good, solid bike. Vibes, rocks, rolls…add an exhaust and it's got fantastic thump to it. Plenty of torque and peppy acceleration. Good times.

Overall mines been trouble free. What I can tell you is that I absolutely HATE working on the Desmo valves. I'd rather do the valves on my old VF500f than do them on the Duc.

I've found the saddle to be comfortable for 500 mile days and I average around 42mpg.

Overall, it's a good win. I like it more than the new M1200s due to the much lighter weight and simplicity of design.
Thanks for the input!
The simplicity of design is one of the things drawing me to this bike, I guess I could even try to find a 2013 for the "last of the air cooled monster" thing.

Are the valves a pain because of location or the method of setting them?
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Thanks for the input!

Are the valves a pain because of location or the method of setting them?
Kinda both. I could get to the upper cylinder just fine, the bottom lower valve cluster gravity feeds down...PITA. Add to that having to set closing valves (*normally spring loaded on standard bikes)...

I tried twice - two 8 hour marathon sessions, I just couldn't get it. I spent 120,000 miles worth of Boxer valves...damned if the Desmo's didn't beat me into submission.

Here are a couple of my write-ups:

http://www.sport-touring.net/forums/...l#.Uyk1TRawHao


http://www.sport-touring.org/index.php?topic=92.0;all
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