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In my quest for a duc, I'm keeping my options open. Since I can't seem to find a 996/998 that hasn't been dropped, abused, or lowsided at some point, I'm thinking about getting a S4R for the street and a beater SV650 for the track.

There are a lot of clean, low mileage S4R's here in FL. How would you compare a 996 to the monster? I know it's detuned slightly from the 996, but is it a similar ride with regards to handling and power?

I'm not really interested in going 150 on the street, so I can live without all the bodywork. I do really enjoy the way the 996 engine pulls and the way that chassis handles. The 996 is truly a magical bike.

However, like I said, there just aren't many clean examples of the 996/998 out there any more. Is the monster S4R a fun bike, or would it be a drag compared to the 996?
 

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many would feel the newest monster with the testastretta is the smartest choice if your in the market for a watercooled bike.
 

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have any of you ridden both? i'm trying to see how they compare and if the monster even comes close to the 996's performance.
 

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WELL.....as far as handling...they are kinda 2 completely different animals....the motor is the same...but the chassis just makes such a dynamic difference...if you ride any Monster you'll see what I'm saying...you already know what the 996 motor is capable of and how it feels....so I'd say ride any Monster to see and feel the chassis difference...and know that the S4R has more bling as far as the chassis to tune in suspension kind of things....but instead of looking for a used on...if you are completely okay with owning one...then seriously consider a brand new one because dealers are going to be looking to get rid of their S4R's at cheaper pricing due to the oncoming S4RS!
 
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