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    Monster 1200 questions

    So I had my heart set on buying a 2016 Tuono factory with super pole graphics until I rode one today and discovered the ergos don't work for me. Despite the raised handle bars I'm still leaning to far forward which puts to much pressure on my wrists and elbows. There is a option to add risers that raise the bars up and to the rear about 3" but I don't want to go through the hassle of adding risers and then discover the ergos still don't fit me. I want to be able to ride the bike about 200 miles round trip and certainly don't want to spend 15K+/- and find out I can't ride the bike comfortable. So I checked out a Monster 1200 and the ergos seem to fit a bit better so I'm asking for input on how these bikes handle, maintenance intervals, issues to be aware of. I really wanted to like the Tuono but there was a big difference when just sitting on the bike in the showroom and actually riding it :-(

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    You can use http://cycle-ergo.com/ to see how different bikes compare to each other. Assuming you're about 5'8", a Tuono with a 3" higher handlebar has considerably less "hip angle" than the Monster 1200 does stock. You can use the Vehicle Customization section to try different handlebar positions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emdashdash View Post
    You can use http://cycle-ergo.com/ to see how different bikes compare to each other. Assuming you're about 5'8", a Tuono with a 3" higher handlebar has considerably less "hip angle" than the Monster 1200 does stock. You can use the Vehicle Customization section to try different handlebar positions.
    I'm 5-11 and weight about 225.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wellcraft View Post
    I'm 5-11 and weight about 225.
    Do you have shortish arms? I'm only 5'9" and I'm on the balls of my feet at a stop, but I find it OK, I bought the risers as my arms are a little short I think. I didn't fit them in the end because I didn't see the need. Don't forget if you are riding at speed the airflow supports your body quite a bit. If you are completely comfortable at a stop you may find yourself being pushed back by the airflow. Either way I'm sue the Monster would be a great choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wellcraft View Post
    So I had my heart set on buying a 2016 Tuono factory with super pole graphics until I rode one today and discovered the ergos don't work for me. Despite the raised handle bars I'm still leaning to far forward which puts to much pressure on my wrists and elbows. There is a option to add risers that raise the bars up and to the rear about 3" but I don't want to go through the hassle of adding risers and then discover the ergos still don't fit me. I want to be able to ride the bike about 200 miles round trip and certainly don't want to spend 15K+/- and find out I can't ride the bike comfortable. So I checked out a Monster 1200 and the ergos seem to fit a bit better so I'm asking for input on how these bikes handle, maintenance intervals, issues to be aware of. I really wanted to like the Tuono but there was a big difference when just sitting on the bike in the showroom and actually riding it :-(
    The 1198 engine is a sweet totally proven reliable motor, i test road the Monster, and the 1290R KTM, i was so close to buying the the Ducati, i love that motor, the KTM is very comfortable also, but the seat height is a little higher, The monster handles typical Ducati, rock solid. Its a great bike, but its amongst stiff competition in this market, but its aimed more for the rider that likes the finer points of riding enjoyment in typical Ducati fashion. Cool looking bike, will hold its value better also, and theres after market pannier bags and frame available for them.
    "The Earth is our ancestor....A restless Planet is our creator"..............................In the shed...... Multistrada 1200, Termi full system with matching ECU, and ohlins SCU. KTM 640 supermotard, with full titanium system and a shit load of spares. (track bike) and a 1290 GT. Torque monster. Remus link and muffler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cosmik de Bris View Post
    Do you have shortish arms? I'm only 5'9" and I'm on the balls of my feet at a stop, but I find it OK, I bought the risers as my arms are a little short I think. I didn't fit them in the end because I didn't see the need. Don't forget if you are riding at speed the airflow supports your body quite a bit. If you are completely comfortable at a stop you may find yourself being pushed back by the airflow. Either way I'm sue the Monster would be a great choice.

    Cheers
    My arms are average length for my height and I have no problem flat footing the Tuono or monster at a stop. The test ride with the Tuono consisted of back roads accompanied by a employee from the dealership and he kept the ride pretty tame. I don't think I hit 6th gear or 50 mph on the test ride.

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    I've owned two Multistrada 1200s, a 2012 and a 2016, and I find the Tuono 1100 engine to be vastly more fun so I'd look into making the Tuono fit you. 200 miles is a totally reasonable ride (with a fill-up or two), even though it'll never be the most comfortable thing out there. I installed handlebars on mine that are about 1" taller than stock and it's at least as comfortable as the Street Triple it replaced. Do you have a dealer for each close by? I wouldn't want either one without some fairly close support.

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    I am about your height and weight. I just traded in a Monster 821 for the Tuono Factory. The Monster 1200 ergos is about the same as the 821. I did the same research but the test ride on the Tuono just sealed the deal. Compared to my 821, the Tuono has the awesome chassis, motor, and suspension. It is a really smooth riding experience with no annoying vibrations, excellent handling, incredible power, and confidence inspiring. Based on the cycle ergo site, I would have to install the Mana Riser and lower the Footpegs about an inch to get into a similar postion like the Monster. However, after riding the Tuono for about 200 miles I find that am pretty comfortable on it. I decided not to do the ergo mods for now.

    Hope this helps.
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    Jay

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