Today I went down to the local Ducati dealer and test rode the new Monster S4Rs. Sorry, no pics, but here's what I thought. As your eye gazes over the tank and seat you think, beauty. The back end is simply delicious. Then your eyes drift down the front forks and HOLY SWEET JESUS, what is that ugly abomination? The radiator/oil cooler and charcol canister are just plain ugly. As you swing a leg over and fire it up, the classic feel of a Ducati sets in. This thing will get up and move! However, shifting gears is a royal pain and with my bad wrist I was having trouble. The position is a little cramped I think for taller riders, I'm 5'6". Turn in and "flickability" is absolutely fantastic. There is no problems with wheight on the wrist or anything, and this thing lives for the corners. With a Slipper Clutch and an air cooled engine this would be the perfect canyon carver. Oh wait, they already make that, it's the S3. If I was in the market for a Monster I would run to the S3 and leave the S4Rs at home, but then maybe I'm just funny that way.