Originally Posted by AlpineCloud9
Getting a brand new bike is definitely tempting to me, but Ducati/Triumph dealership has 2010 Ducati 696 (5000miles) for $7500-8000 OTD. The BMW dealer has a 2007 F800S (7000miles) listed as $6500 and 2011 F800R (2000 miles) listed as $10000. Planning to drop by tomorrow and see them in person.
Anyone is familiar with belt drive system?
BMW bikes are shaft drive, not belt drive. I had a 2006 K1200R and it rode really well. Shaft drive is basically maintenance free, no need to lube the chain every 600 miles, etc.
For all around street riding it's fine, I had no issues with mine. My tranny was a different story, though, but the drive system never had any issues.
Belt drive is for Harley's and cruisers, and it's not suitable for high performance. Even the BMW cup race bikes, before the S1000RR, were converted to chain drive for race use. For street riding the BMW shaft drive system works great, and would not deter me from buying one again.
Cost of crash repairs or damage from dropping your bike are more expensive with any BMW, Ducati, or Triumph when compared with Japanese bikes, but if you aren't concerned with this then it's not an issue.
I would say if you want to do track days, the Monster will be more fun for that than an F800S/R, but for all around town riding they are both great bikes. Good luck with your choice!