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get a better photographer. you've incorporated some of the most beautiful machines into ****ty looking photos. and show the thing in action. some wheelies and slides. and get off a little further from the freeway while you're at it.
 

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If only other companies could learn and not mess with a good thing. For example, Triumph. Yea, change the motor, parts, etc... but why for God's sake take beautiful, sexy curves and turn them into nasty sharp edges?!? Fine, do it for the Daytonas (600 included), but leave the Speed Triple alone.



Proof again that the Italians know beauty, sex and passion much better than the Brits. Food, clothing, cars, women, what don't they do better? It must be the Southern European Romance language thing as compared to the boring as ***** north. Oh well, at least mines a '99....



If anyone for Ducati reads this garbage... keep up the great work, on your nekked street fighter.



If anyone from Triumph reads this garbage... well thanks for nothing.
 

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For 2003, the Monster 800 and 1000 both benefit from the larger and stiffer S4 frame. The S4 was dropped from Ducati North America's lineup this year due to the anticipated launch of the new S4R.

Being a Ducati/Monster/Dark traditionalist, I originally shared Yossef's take on the radiator and hose encumbered H2O cooled S4, however its' appearance (and certainly performance) does grow on you. I picked up a carbon fiber-clad Foggy edition since the radiator is partially masked by the CF panels. I have since added a second S4 that is now extra nude and adorned by billet accessories by Rizoma. (Check out Rizoma.com and the tricked-out black S4.) Their accessories are a nice alternative to carbon fiber. Ride an S4, you won't go back to a 2-valve Monster.
 

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Yossef, You Lucky S.O.B.!

You are definitely living the dream! What a sweet ride. I wonder if they could get it below 400 lbs. with wire spoke wheels. I need to make some extra money to support my addiction or become a test rider. Come on MO, I'll give the Bootheel perspective on these test bikes. Whaddya say?

BTW, what's the poop on the supercharged single? Is that a rumor or reality?

Singles and Twins Forever!
 

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So many bikes So little time

The Monster is beautiful. This is the one air cooled V-Twin I would buy, sorry Harley-Buell. 30 years from now this bike will considered a classic like the 996. Love your review and pictures.
 

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Re: So many bikes So little time

It already is a classic. At least to many. But I know what you mean. When my kids' version of Art of the Motorcycle is making it's rounds, there will most assuredly be a 2V Monster in the show. :)
 

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No kidding there. I realize it's a dark colored bike and all but holy cow. I took a better picture of my M900 in front of the dealership with my Sony FD85, and it maxes out at 1.3mp.



I guess what I am *****ing about is the composition. The quality looks good, but the lighting and backgrouds need help.
 

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I'm glad I'm not the only one who was disappointed with the photos. I almost always use a MO photo as my desktop background, but none of these shots are really worth (or big enough).
 

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I have wonderful memories of the 2-valve Monster Dark I owned a few years back. The bike was traded to the dealer to make room in the garage for a very limited production American VTwin custom that I still own and cherish. Last year, I developed "Ducati deficiency disease" and test rode a new Monster Dark. It just wasn't as good as the memories of my old one. The S4, on the other hand, retains the classic Monster style -- and with help from the Ducati Performance catalogue is scary fast.
 

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You mean other than kicking the sh1t out of them in WWII, or the fact that as a naked, the speed triple is 100 times the bike that a M1000 is (and cheaper).



I call for all Brits who read this to stand up and be counted, lets stop being the brunt of so much humour and put these yanks and eyeties in their place!!!



BTW, way to go Triumph for coming in first in the junior (600cc) class TT. (even beating mighty Kawasaki-how about that KPaul?)
 
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