I'm hoping to make a purchase soon, but this will be my first Duc and I need advice from the group on 696 vs 1100. In the past I've ridden MX and I've had a couple of GSXR's. I'm 38 now and have had health issues, so I doubt the 848 would be the bike for me and I'm figuring the monster would be better for ergo issues, but still give me enough sport to keep me happy. I'll be using the bike for weekend joy rides and sometimes commuting thru backroads to work. I can afford either bike, so cost isn't an issue. I've read about the low rpm issues with the 1100 and that concerns me since I will spend a good bit of time "putting around" in traffic, etc. I'm thinking I could get the 696 and spend the money saved on termi exhaust, etc. I guess what I need from the group is will the 696 keep me entertained considering I've had GSXR's in the past or should I step up to the 1100 keeping in mind I will do a lot of back road pleasure riding and won't be dragging my knees like I did in the past. Also, will there be a big difference in maint. costs between the 2 bikes? Sorry for the long post, but the monster line is new to me and I need your advice. I appreciate your help.