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I test rode a Monster 1100 for a couple hours today. I'm on the fence as to whether or not to trade in my Hyper S for an M1100S. Overall, I was very impressed with the bike.

The motor felt revvier and stronger than my bike. I'd imagine this is due to the airbox and fueling. The seating position was great; I found it very comfortable. It's a nice mix between sporty and upright.

I came away from the test ride with a few questions. First, does anyone else find the steering to be a bit slow? Maybe I'm just used to the Hyper but the steering felt quite a bit slower. Is there anyway to speed this up?

The bike handled very well; it just seemed to require a fair amount of handle bar effort to make it do what I wanted. I might just be spoiled by the Hyper because it's a very nimble bike.

Another concern I had was the brakes. They didn't seem very strong in initial bite compared to my bike. Is there anything that can be done about this?

Finally, what luggage options are available for the bike? It was comfortable enough that I could be convinced to do some weekend trips on the bike if I were able to pack some gear.
 

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As with most things mechanical and performance driven, much is perception and personal choice. Perhaps because your HMS sits higher, you felt the steering of the M1100S was "slow", but I don't think this would bear out once you got use to the seating position and "smallness" of the M1100S. I haven't ridden an HMS, but I can tell you I don't consider the steering slow, having experienced BMW's, Triumphs, Kawasakis, Suzukis and Hondas. In fact, at times I find the steering a bit to loose and have had make several suspension adjustments to feel more stable. I highly encourage you to take another test ride. The brakes on the M1100S are great (they may be similar to the HMS, but I haven't looked at the charts) so I'm not really sure of your concerns with the brakes, I find them outstanding. Luggage options? I believe there is a Ducati kit for some sort or rear side bags, but I'm not taking my bike on long trips, so I haven't fully explored what's out there.
 

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I can say that my M1100S turned in a little bit slow (talking side to side and initial turn-in; once turned in it was very stable and so on very well) for me with the Bridgestone BT0016s on it and with different rubber turned in a little snappier.

Overall it is a GREAT handling bike that holds its own in almost any area. Just watch out for dragging those pegs... wish I could put rearsets on mine without dropping $1k.
 

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If you're worried about dragging the pegs on the M1100 you should try the M696. That bike has LOW ground clearance. One of the reasons I traded up...
 

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Your HMS has the monobloc front calipers, which provide a bit more braking power. The standard hypers, 848's and all M1100s have the cast brembo radial calipers, good, but not outstanding.
 

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Thanks guys.

You know, I wondered if the tires had something to do with the turn in. I've heard that Bridgestones have a rounder profile and turn in slower as a result.
 
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