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Old 09-17-2003, 09:44 AM   #21
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It's under the cowl which might actually double as a nice helmet for your leggy blond-haired blue-eyed hitchkiker
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Old 09-17-2003, 09:59 AM   #22
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....or century even....
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Old 09-17-2003, 10:09 AM   #23
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Where did you get your work done? Its $400 on my Ninja. You could help your Duc bothers by telling them what dealer. Or did you just make up the $300 figure.
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Old 09-17-2003, 10:13 AM   #24
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I feel like the writing at MO has really been lacking lately. Both this piece and the FZ6 piece lacked any real insight or depth. This monster piece especially since you had the machine for a good week, you could have done some indepth testing and written an interesting article, after all you're not limited by space like a printed magazine.



The writing was devoid of any kind of analysis or style. MO used to have great articles, both in the Burns and in the Minime eras (eras by internet standards at least). Things are pretty lacking lately.



Come on guys, you have the greatest job in the world, live up to it. Pick up some issues of T.W.O. or Bike for inspiration and get writing.
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Old 09-17-2003, 10:35 AM   #25
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Yeah, but you get magnesium wheels on the S4R, compared to regular alloy wheels on the standard Tuono, so that makes up the $1500 difference, right there.



Then, as anyone with either bike will tell you, installing the Ohlins valve kit in the Showa forks gets you 97% of the performance of Ohlins road and track forks for about $500. The Titanium Nitride on the S4R will give the advantage with that mod to the Monster. It scores cool points at the very least.



Maintenance cost aside, I'd consider the Monster a better deal, at least until I get a chance to ride one and see just exactly which one is the better bike.



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Old 09-17-2003, 10:52 AM   #26
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they saw you coming kpaul, valves on my trophy were $150. Two hours shop time @ $60p/h + tax.
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Old 09-17-2003, 11:37 AM   #27
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Wow, good deal. Is this place in So. Cal? A buddy of mine ownes a ST4, and is always complaing about paying around $600.00 every 6K for a valve adjust. I was adding the extra $200.00 for laughs...
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Old 09-17-2003, 11:42 AM   #28
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C'mon, it's the new MO Light". Less filling.
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Old 09-17-2003, 12:05 PM   #29
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After 33,500 miles my Magnas valve adjust came to a wopping $0.00 total. They never needed any kind of adjustment. Sucks though, I ended up selling it a few weeks ago and I'm getting sick of riding my dad's Deuce(stays in my garage so I get to ride still) wherever I go. I'm starting to get the winter withdrawal already damnit
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Old 09-17-2003, 12:19 PM   #30
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The services at 6000 and 18,000 are cheaper than the 12,000 and 24,000. The belts need to be replaced every 12,000 which adds to the cost.



I think my 18,000 mile service was 360 or 380 which included an oil and filter change and other adjustments along with the valves.



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