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ducmons
08-07-2005, 07:58 PM
Hey there fellow duc dudes, and dudetes... I've been eye...ing :eek: a 998 lately, and its been calling my name rather loudly. For those of you have ridden a monster and then a 998/748, how do you like the 998? How does it feel? How is the riding position? For those of you who have a 998/748, how do you like it? What don't you like about it?

Thanks for all the info and advice you can provide. I'm always eager to learn something new.

MatrixDon
08-07-2005, 09:06 PM
I ride a 998 and it is comfortable for me, I'm a rather small guy at a whopping 5-7... :happy44: Feels almost like my old yamaha r6 just with more power :evilgrin3

ducmons
08-07-2005, 09:08 PM
yeah. i love your bike. we met about 2 weekends ago....

On long distance rides do you ever get tired?

Dave R
08-07-2005, 09:10 PM
We have a 998Mono is red coming in the week of the 15th.. around 5800 miles, termi exhaust...price will be 12500 most likely

foggy123
08-07-2005, 09:13 PM
Sbks are great going down the road but give me my monster in town and for commuting. Too hot and not enough turning radius for around town action.

ducmons
08-07-2005, 10:14 PM
not enough turning radius for around town action.

Thanks man. Great info.

ducmons
08-08-2005, 06:23 PM
We have a 998Mono is red coming in the week of the 15th.. around 5800 miles, termi exhaust...price will be 12500 most likely

Dave R - I'm not married to having a yellow 998, so I'm open to the red 998 you will have on consignment. Can you PM me some pictures and all the details?

MatrixDon
08-08-2005, 06:29 PM
I really don't get tired, the only thing that I would change would be the seat, on long rides, it hurts your ass :mad: I'm looking for replacement seats as we speak. Were you the one with the beautiful monster with aftermarket lights :confused:

foggy123
08-08-2005, 06:45 PM
For a seat, I'd recommend a Sargent. IMO, made a huge difference on the bike.

MatrixDon
08-08-2005, 06:48 PM
do you know what the difference is between the sergent and the corbin? :D

ducmons
08-08-2005, 09:57 PM
I Were you the one with the beautiful monster with aftermarket lights :confused:

Yep. That's me Don. I still love those bright suckers. :happy44: Name is JD. I've decided to look into....well...decided to get a superbike, and for some reason I really like the 998. I love the monster, but a Red or Yellow 998 would suit me very well.

Apart from the seat, what else don't you like. How tired do your arms get?

foggy123
08-08-2005, 10:33 PM
IMO- Sargent is much lighter, more comfortable and will fit better. Other than that, they are equal.
But seats are a personal thing. Lighter is true for sure.

MatrixDon
08-08-2005, 10:51 PM
sorry if I didn't remember you at first but your bike sure did make an impact :happy44: that monster is freakin bad :evilgrin3 i'd love to own something like it. my arms don't really get tired, it's just my ass that gets numb on long rides.(maybe I just have a rather large ass) :D

killer bee
08-09-2005, 04:18 AM
Hey there fellow duc dudes, and dudetes... I've been eye...ing :eek: a 998 lately, and its been calling my name rather loudly. For those of you have ridden a monster and then a 998/748, how do you like the 998? How does it feel? How is the riding position? For those of you who have a 998/748, how do you like it? What don't you like about it?

Thanks for all the info and advice you can provide. I'm always eager to learn something new.


hey jd just hurry up and come by my house . my 998 is calling for u!!!!!!!!!!!!


:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D heres a pic again for u to remember

flyingducman
08-09-2005, 07:55 AM
hey jd just hurry up and come by my house . my 998 is calling for u!!!!!!!!!!!!Looks like you have the after-market seat already in-place as a bonus.

ducmons
08-09-2005, 08:25 AM
Looks like you have the after-market seat already in-place as a bonus.


My rear end can use a nice seat. I like being comfortable.


I'll be back in town over the weekend killer bee, i'll come take a look at your bike.

ducmons
08-09-2005, 08:28 AM
sorry if I didn't remember you at first but your bike sure did make an impact :happy44: that monster is freakin bad :evilgrin3 i'd love to own something like it. my arms don't really get tired, it's just my ass that gets numb on long rides.(maybe I just have a rather large ass) :D


I love my monster. That M1000 has plenty of torque, but my good friend is possibly gonna take over it, so it looks like I'll have the option to get another bike, and thinking I'll give the sportbike a whirl. I'd like to do track days with it as well. :happy57: We'll see how it all pans out. If everything falls into place, I may be ready within 10-14 days, or maybe sooner....

Holeshot
08-09-2005, 12:15 PM
yeah. i love your bike. we met about 2 weekends ago....

On long distance rides do you ever get tired?

Did a 900 mile day on my 998 from Modesto, CA -> Bremerton here. No biggie. Got back on the next day and went to Neah Bay. :) Stock seat. I guess I'm a masochist (sp?).
:evilgrin3

Holeshot
08-09-2005, 12:17 PM
Sbks are great going down the road but give me my monster in town and for commuting. Too hot and not enough turning radius for around town action.

I've not noticed any turning issues with mine. I hated the RC-51's turning radius.. not that sucked (only test road one, never bought it).

ducmons
08-09-2005, 01:58 PM
Did a 900 mile day on my 998 from Modesto, CA -> Bremerton here. No biggie. Got back on the next day and went to Neah Bay. :) Stock seat. I guess I'm a masochist (sp?).
:evilgrin3


That's a long day, or fast day depending how you look at it. Very cool. I guess its just a matter of getting used to the possition. I've heard several people say it doesn't have the turning radius that a moster has. I should ride my monster and compare it with someones 998.

Eddy
08-09-2005, 02:33 PM
Did a 900 mile day on my 998 from Modesto, CA -> Bremerton here. No biggie. Got back on the next day and went to Neah Bay. :) Stock seat. I guess I'm a masochist (sp?).
:evilgrin3

WOW...ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!? I flew down to San Jose to pick up my stock 996(stolen on 3/05 :mad: ) a summer ago and rode it straight back(11 hours). That was THE most brutal experience of my motorcycling life! I had blistered hands, black and blue bottom, and the weirdest neck and wrist aches for a week straight. The 916/Tamburini era superbike is most def. not an everyday commuter, at least from a comfort standpoint. I eventually replaced the stock seat w/ a Sargent and it worked wonders. If your looking @ making long commutes or plan on doing alot of freeway I HIGHLY recommend a "throttle rocker"(about $15-$20 ebay), do your wrists a favor. Keep in mind w/ all these changes it by no means transforms that SBK into a Cadillac. If you do exclusively twisties or trackdays then throw all this out the window. It has undeniable poser point value, no doubt it'll get its fair share of looks and compliments(that's what drew me to buy one initially :rolleyes: ). It all depends on what your intentions are to buy this motorcycle. I personally am still in love w/ the design of the motorcycle and would have loved to see what it was capable of doing on the track(now that i'm finally doing it) but I doubt I would do it again w/ the purpose of making it my primary bike or everyday commuter. I own a 749 now and I think from an ergonomics standpoint it's a HUGE upgrade.

Holeshot
08-09-2005, 03:01 PM
WOW...ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!? I flew down to San Jose to pick up my stock 996(stolen on 3/05 :mad: ) a summer ago and rode it straight back(11 hours). That was THE most brutal experience of my motorcycling life! I had blistered hands, black and blue bottom, and the weirdest neck and wrist aches for a week straight.

OUCH! Really? Man. Nope, not kidding but it did take me 16.5 hours to get back (took a good break in Oregon an a couple in WA at those stops with free coffee).


The 916/Tamburini era superbike is most def. not an everyday commuter, at least from a comfort standpoint. I eventually replaced the stock seat w/ a Sargent and it worked wonders.

Very true, it's not an idea city bike by any stretch. Mine get's nice and warm in the city but it's never had any mechanical issues. I do use it for around-town errands too though. I know. .I'm nutz..


It has undeniable poser point value, no doubt it'll get its fair share of looks and compliments(that's what drew me to buy one initially :rolleyes: ). It all depends on what your intentions are to buy this motorcycle.

I personaly lusted for one since 1995. Vowed to know what it was like to ride one and finally made it come true with a test ride. Too bad I loved it so much because then I had to buy one! LOL

If it does not sell and get replaced by an MV F4 this will be a dedicated tarck bike next year. It sooo wants to be on the track.. really was an eye opener the first time I get it out there. Yee freaking ha!!! :evilgrin3 :happy44:

Eddy
08-09-2005, 03:10 PM
lol! yeah I hear ya, back in the days owning a "fizzer" (circa mid/late 90's) I sat and watched Fogarty killin' it on that sbk and had wet dreams about owning one myself! I was out of motorcycling for awhile and then she did it to me again...went to see MATRIX RELOADED and it felt like a shot of Viagra. Yes I was in love again. :rolleyes:

ducmons
08-09-2005, 06:57 PM
Very true, it's not an idea city bike by any stretch. Mine get's nice and warm in the city but it's never had any mechanical issues. I do use it for around-town errands too though. I know. .I'm nutz..


How warm does your bike get in the city?

I don't really ride many errands around town, mainly comunute between offices in Issaquah / Downtown Seattle. Apart from that just gonna be riding in the open road for fun. Maybe do a few trips on it this fall. Thinkin about getting bags for it, and riding around the penninsula some weekend and camping by the beach.

Holeshot
08-09-2005, 09:51 PM
How warm does your bike get in the city?

I don't really ride many errands around town, mainly comunute between offices in Issaquah / Downtown Seattle. Apart from that just gonna be riding in the open road for fun. Maybe do a few trips on it this fall. Thinkin about getting bags for it, and riding around the penninsula some weekend and camping by the beach.

Pretty hot but not like it's boiling over. I've not had to add any water to the thing ever but the needle get's in the last 3/4 of the gauge if it has to poke around in the city for a while. It does preffer to run at 120+ (not that I'd do anything like that...... :rolleyes: )

ducmons
08-09-2005, 10:12 PM
It does preffer to run at 120+ (not that I'd do anything like that...... :rolleyes: )

LOL. Funny thing is, my monser has the same problem. :scared10:

The 998 does sound like a fun bike.

martino
08-09-2005, 10:37 PM
The parts that get hot might also make a difference. I like my breakfast eggs to be hot but no necessairly the ones between .... :happy44:.


Pretty hot but not like it's boiling over.

Eddy
08-10-2005, 07:53 AM
Only time you really need to worry about heat is in stop n go traffic or stoplight to stoplight jetting around town. I've seen my temp gauge rise to 230+, great way to slow-roast cook your inner thighs/buttocks. Let's not forget that nice stiff action of the stock clutch :D


(altho I kinda liked the builted heated seat feature in the cold winter months ;) )

ducmons
08-11-2005, 12:13 PM
Only time you really need to worry about heat is in stop n go traffic or stoplight to stoplight jetting around town. I've seen my temp gauge rise to 230+, great way to slow-roast cook your inner thighs/buttocks. Let's not forget that nice stiff action of the stock clutch :D


(altho I kinda liked the builted heated seat feature in the cold winter months ;) )


I hate stop 'n go traffic. I don't commute very far (about 50 yards), so I only ride it for fun, or when I have to get somewhere fast....

My monster gets up to 215 in traffic, but it being a naked bike can breathe a lot more than the 998.

Torben
08-11-2005, 12:25 PM
There's a 748 for sale - you should buy it! :D
http://www.desmonorthwest.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=1504

Holeshot
08-11-2005, 03:49 PM
Yes, buy that one!

After a 200 mile ride yesterday afternoon on the 998 I just don't know if I really RELALLY could part with it. TOO FUN.

Now.. I still need to toss a leg over and crack the thottle on an MV. I might go.. eeeew.. or go.. uuuuhhhh huh huhh.. then of course if it's that latter I'm sure the wife will find fun and creative ways to spend and equal amount of money on something hideous and useless (like furnature or stocks or something...)

ducmons
08-11-2005, 05:39 PM
Yes, buy that one!

After a 200 mile ride yesterday afternoon on the 998 I just don't know if I really RELALLY could part with it. TOO FUN.

Now.. I still need to toss a leg over and crack the thottle on an MV. I might go.. eeeew.. or go.. uuuuhhhh huh huhh.. then of course if it's that latter I'm sure the wife will find fun and creative ways to spend and equal amount of money on something hideous and useless (like furnature or stocks or something...)


Ahhh the wife.... that is why I'm keeping a 998 a secret.... LOL

Where did you get those bags for your 998 Holeshot?

Holeshot
08-11-2005, 05:55 PM
Ahhh the wife.... that is why I'm keeping a 998 a secret.... LOL

HAHA! My wife dared me to find a way to pay for the 998. I did, she lost the dare.. (funny how she stopped darning me to do things).


Where did you get those bags for your 998 Holeshot?
Those bags. Hm.. those bags. The bags I bought to take my first 'long distance' trip from San Jose to San Luios Obispo on my Fizzer600, in 1996! I added Ventura rack system to the bike for the 2003 trip to Laguna. Worked OK but the bags blocked the mirrors so when I got to Portland I tossed them in a box and shipped them to Monterey. I got there only 1 day before my bags so it worked out OK in the end. I might use them on the GC.. dont' know yet. Been looking around had hard-bags for it and man.. my head hurts... so much to look at and I'm not even going to touch on the hudreds of GPS options I have to wade through.... I just wish they would update the website to show the bike somewhere besides Columbos OH...
:mad:

ducmons
08-13-2005, 07:57 AM
HAHA! My wife dared me to find a way to pay for the 998. I did, she lost the dare.. (funny how she stopped darning me to do things).


We'll the news got out to the wife.... ;) can you see my black eye? LOL

I pick up my 998 sometime today !

Holeshot
08-13-2005, 11:29 AM
We'll the news got out to the wife.... ;) can you see my black eye? LOL

I pick up my 998 sometime today !

AWESOME!!! Don't forget to post pics!! And if you don't mind me asking since I'm still not 100% decided on selling.. what sort price are they going for? Oh and what year/model is it?

killer bee
08-13-2005, 02:59 PM
AWESOME!!! Don't forget to post pics!! And if you don't mind me asking since I'm still not 100% decided on selling.. what sort price are they going for? Oh and what year/model is it?


hey dave he bought my 998 today!! what a lucky guy, enjoy it. i had a blast owning it. now im onto a new project!! 450 smr ktm supermoto :D

wow i didnt know u were thinking of selling urs. what new bike are u looking At? im also trading in my 250 rm and getting back to my roots and run 600 gsxr suzuki again. oh and of course the ktm. both track bikes :D

ducmons
08-13-2005, 09:56 PM
:rolleyes: mmmm...... yeap I LOVE IT !!!!!!! :happy44:


That 998 is one sweet bike. I didn't get to ride very much tonight :( but there is always tomorrow!!!! :)

Thanks for everyones input, suggestions & advice.

killer bee
08-13-2005, 10:56 PM
:rolleyes: mmmm...... yeap I LOVE IT !!!!!!! :happy44:


That 998 is one sweet bike. I didn't get to ride very much tonight :( but there is always tomorrow!!!! :)

Thanks for everyones input, suggestions & advice.
hey i also got bunch of parts on ebay i just put on my ebay name is 998 nut

ducmons
08-13-2005, 11:00 PM
pm me or post the link to your parts ?

killer bee
08-13-2005, 11:02 PM
pm sent :D

Holeshot
08-14-2005, 12:14 AM
hey dave he bought my 998 today!! what a lucky guy, enjoy it. i had a blast owning it. now im onto a new project!! 450 smr ktm supermoto :D

wow i didnt know u were thinking of selling urs. what new bike are u looking At? im also trading in my 250 rm and getting back to my roots and run 600 gsxr suzuki again. oh and of course the ktm. both track bikes :D

Not sure. Been jonsing for the MV Agusta (I find I'm looking at Agusta pics more and more online and I have an 11x14 of the AGO right next to me here in the office).

I'm having run riding the little Kawi 636 on the street and thinking of converting the 998 into a track bike. Then I see you had track bodywork but it's on ebay now.. arg.. :( Well.. I posted in the other thread that if you have an 'end-the-aucion-now' price I'd like a chance at it. :)

I have an Adventure Touring bike on it's way here (according to the trucking company website it's in Texas right now ont it's way to drop a pallet in New Mexico then up here by the 19th. That will likely be my primary street bike (if you are bored you can read ALL about it here: http://northernmost.blogspot.com - pic of the bike is in the first message.

I also have the DR250S so that's a hoot and a half! I'm up in the air. We'll have to see what happens with the GC900 get's here and I have a chance to ride it around.

Thrusday night I took the 998 around the Hood Canal and tossed in my South County run for a nice 200 miler after work. It's so much freaking fun to ride.. really wondering why I'm even considering it.. other than the fact the thing is not getting to stretch it's legs on the street without me comitting a felony. :evilgrin3

killer bee
08-14-2005, 12:18 AM
Not sure. Been jonsing for the MV Agusta (I find I'm looking at Agusta pics more and more online and I have an 11x14 of the AGO right next to me here in the office).

I'm having run riding the little Kawi 636 on the street and thinking of converting the 998 into a track bike. Then I see you had track bodywork but it's on ebay now.. arg.. :( Well.. I posted in the other thread that if you have an 'end-the-aucion-now' price I'd like a chance at it. :)

I have an Adventure Touring bike on it's way here (according to the trucking company website it's in Texas right now ont it's way to drop a pallet in New Mexico then up here by the 19th. That will likely be my primary street bike (if you are bored you can read ALL about it here: http://northernmost.blogspot.com - pic of the bike is in the first message.

I also have the DR250S so that's a hoot and a half! I'm up in the air. We'll have to see what happens with the GC900 get's here and I have a chance to ride it around.

Thrusday night I took the 998 around the Hood Canal and tossed in my South County run for a nice 200 miler after work. It's so much freaking fun to ride.. really wondering why I'm even considering it.. other than the fact the thing is not getting to stretch it's legs on the street without me comitting a felony. :evilgrin3

dave if u offer a reasonable amount ill end the auction as i have every right to!!!!!!! let me know.

RockStar
08-14-2005, 03:35 PM
Hey there fellow duc dudes, and dudetes... I've been eye...ing :eek: a 998 lately, and its been calling my name rather loudly. For those of you have ridden a monster and then a 998/748, how do you like the 998? How does it feel? How is the riding position? For those of you who have a 998/748, how do you like it? What don't you like about it?

Thanks for all the info and advice you can provide. I'm always eager to learn something new.


Hey,

I've ridden both, and most recently test rode an S4R. I currently own and ride an '02 748.

Although I have found that the Monster flavor are usually easier to handle on the street and up hills, riding position is rather more comfortable simply due to ergonomics....I love my Rockstar. After rebuilding the clutch (15min) and other parts myself I've fallen in love with it again.

I just love the bike so I guess I overlook the pain in the ass it is to not get out of 1st or 2nd through town. If you don't like that part when you get one you can simply move up two teeth on the rear sprocket and that tends to make the 'stop and go' better on the left hand.

I found that these latter adjustments made it into the 749/999 models. The 749s I rode a couple times was easier on my lower back.

cya on the road....that's right...The Rockstar is back on tour.

y.