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...I'm a long time 2 valve guy (about 5 of them over the years) now toying with getting another monster, but with 4 valves... I found a 2007 S4R locally and it seems reasonably priced (relative to the new 2v 1100) and with low mileage... I just can't find any long-term reviews of this bike? The testa motor was only used in the monster for, I think 3 years? Does anybody out there have a 2007 S4R with a ton of miles on it? How is the reliability of the bike/motor? Also, what is the current cost of an adjustment on a 4 valve duc? Are all 2007 models now 7500 miles?
The engine is basically a 999 engine so should be very reliable. I have an '07 S4Rs and love the bike. I don't think you could get a more exciting streetbike to ride. You can read my review here
 

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Thanks all, and solid reading Whippersnapper... I laughed out loud and heard the background music play when I read, "Have I discovered something that is a clever alternative or am I simply one step away from a Harley Sportster?" I have done many track miles, I did take and pass the course to get my road race license, but I never club raced... It was interesting to see that you tracked your S4Rs as I was wondering if it was a viable track day bike? I was surprised at how there was relatively little damage (to both you and your bike; glad you are well and hope the healing process is complete!) as the radiator looks like it would have been taken out more than it was (it only looks like the upper right bracket/tab broke off?) Did you ever get the bike back in riding shape and was it expensive? Also, you mentioned ride height is adjustable (it does look like the rear of all monsters are way too low)... Is the ride height adjustable on the S4Rs only, or does the 2007 S4R have ride height adjustment too? Again, thanks for the review... It's that kind of information that is so difficult to find in regular press reviews...
The ride height is adjustable on the S4Rs I'm not sure about the Sachs on the S4r. I ended up increasing the preload while setting sag and then didn't feel the need to increase the ride height anyway. The bike has only been cleaned since the crash because I simply haven't had time or been able to work on it. The damage seems very minor considering the speed. I plan to cover on my blog the process of getting it back in shape.

As for trackability, maybe it is a little too good! I would rather have been a tick slower and stayed on board. As I'm sure you know the performance on a closed circuit is more about the rider than the machine anyway but at the US Desmo trackday I attended I was in the first 2 or 3 bikes in the advanced group and that company included a Desmosedici, 1098R and a stroked 999R (fast bike) so i think the Monster is a great track day bike because you can go as fast as anyone if you want but still have a ball at a lower pace
 
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