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.
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.
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.
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?
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.