These kind of questions pop up all the time, so I apologize in advance. I'm getting my first bike around May, and I'm looking at the Monster 1100. I was thinking about the 696 for a while, but after reading reviews, everything said it was a pure beginner bike and was slow compared to jap600's. Now I know a lot of people are gonna say, well, you are a beginner, and I'm well aware of that, but I've ridden dirtbikes for about 8 years, I'm 21 and I consider myself a very alert driver, and a good one at that. So when I'm looking in the area of japanese 600 speed, is the 1100 a good starter bike?