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Old 02-22-2006, 04:15 PM   #1
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Default News Flash 2008

Here's Ducati's latest Monster, the new Monster 714!!!



How many times can you change the displacement around? Ducati is the European version of Harley Davidson-right down to the bulk of it's sales being clothing & accessories-not bikes.



First post-yawn.
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Old 02-22-2006, 04:21 PM   #2
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Default Re: Ducati Announces New Monster 695

Ducati's best move toward the future would be to have Honda design and manufacture their bikes!
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Old 02-22-2006, 04:33 PM   #3
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Yes, have Honda build their bikes and remove Ducati's soul.

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Old 02-22-2006, 04:43 PM   #4
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sounds like the ground the sv650 has held so long is getting a little shaky, what with the new ninja and now this ducati nipping at its heels, with the exeption of the Italian price premium it looks like this bike may be a match @370 lbs 45ft/lbs and 75hp (I would probably toss in the extra grand to own a monster)
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Old 02-22-2006, 04:45 PM   #5
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i'll take the monster 695 over the 599...
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Old 02-22-2006, 04:46 PM   #6
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you got to admit it's much cooler than an 883 sportster
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Old 02-22-2006, 04:56 PM   #7
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Default Re: Ducati Announces New Monster 695

I don't think another 70cc's in their entry level bike is a "yawn." I think it's a good move on Ducati's part to keep the base Monster refreshed - it is the best seller in the U.S. (at least that's how I read it in DMH quarterly reports).



I couldn't tell in this write-up whether the new Monster's displacement increase comes from a bore or stroke (or both) increase. My hope is it's at least a combination - the additional pull from the stroke increase would be great. My wife has a M620 and her only complaint is that it's a bit weak off-idle...



I also noticed that the valve-interval has been increased to 7500 miles. I wonder if the other models will change as well; at least the 2-valvers...?





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Old 02-22-2006, 05:11 PM   #8
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Ducati is not the European Harley. Ducatis actually handle, they actually accelerate, and they are a blast to ride. Few bikes in the world can keep up with a Ducati in a corner; very few impart the sense of confidence. If you think this is only a repackaging, then you don't know Ducati. The only proper response to this motorcycle is that time honored response to any new Ducati - lust.



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Old 02-22-2006, 05:14 PM   #9
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Is that to keep up the competition with the 500cc Japanese bikes?
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Old 02-22-2006, 05:19 PM   #10
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The soul argument is so thin already- it's transparent. Anyone who says that a Japanese bike has no soul has never taken a modern sportbike to it's redline.
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