2009 Monster 1100

Ducati updates an old flame

I’ll start this by saying that from the moment I saw the new Monster, I had a feeling it was all wrong for me. A test ride about a year ago on the 696 version of the bike seemed to confirm that. Since then, I’ve read repeatedly that the 1100 is a really great bike, so I guess I was hoping when I finally rode it I’d be proven wrong. Unfortunately, a recent test ride on the newest beast in the Monster family only confirmed what I already knew.

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Buell 1125cr

Cafe racer from the USA

When the salesman called from Cascade Harely Davidson (Buell/Arctic Cat–and anything else they can think of to help balance the books during this recession) I wasn’t sure I was going back. I test rode an ’08 Buell XB12s a week earlier and he’d offered to let me ride the 2009 1125cr afterwards.

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