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Usually a contrasting silver or gold color, the frame on the oughties’ Monster S4R is body color. Generally seen in red with red frame or blue with same, the S4R incorporated the 996 water-cooler into the naked concept. With premium components, the 113 hp Monster is one heck of a way to get around town.
Even the grocery-getter side of the showroom has their flagship and the S4R was it in the early 2000’s. The ultimate Monster is adorned with all manner of glam but didn’t forget the basics – 996 cc’s of water-cooled desmoquattro. Nice torque number of 70 ft.-lbs. peaks at a usable 7,000 rpm. Suspension is all Showa, fully adjustable with upside-down forks and single-sided swingarm. Two-into-two exhaust passes through a catalyst on its way. Hiding the 996 plumbing on a Monster is impossible, but this owner has made a go of it with carbon radiator shroud and chin scoop, complementing the factory’s carbon fenders and timing belt covers.
Presented by an eBayer with an eclectic sports focus, this Monster has just under 10,000 miles, quite a few brand-name updates, and appears to have missed any major life events. Of interest are the Arrow exhaust tuned by ECU and Power Commander, Rizoma handlebar, new battery, and valve adjustment last spring. The dented tank might be addressed by a paintless dent magician, and the cracked tail cone should be an easy fix or replace. Carbon fiber mufflers are balanced by a carbon bikini fairing, and there are a lot of farkles described in the eBay auction:
Upgrades Include:Arrow Factory Race Full Exhaust with Carbon Fiber Cans & Race ECU – $1800Power CommanderOberon Mini LED Turn SignalsOberon Vortex Billet Aluminum Clutch CoverCRG Brake and Shorty Clutch LeversCRG Lanesplitter Billet Bar End MirrorsRizoma Aluminum Tapered HandlebarRizoma Billet Aluminum Lux GripsRizoma Billet Aluminum Brake and Clutch Fluid ReservoirsSpeedymoto 2″ Bar RisersDucabike Pilot Eco Aluminum Rear SetsArrow Steering StabilizerSeat Cover
With just a couple of knocks over the years, this S4R looks ready for a little TLC and the rest of the summer. Reviewers thought the S4R was a handful in stop-and-go traffic, but the drivetrain was a joy in the suburbs. The buy-it-now is fairly optimistic but there are many watchers, and the make offer button is ready…