I don’t think it’s that and certainly not with me as although I own an S4R it’s only in the last few years that the shape has grown on me. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the first version of the Monster was ugly with that tank which gave it hunchback looks (huge externally, yet hardly holds any petrol) and an enormous round headlamp like a WW2 anti-aircraft searchlight. I’ve also read that the name comes from when the designer showed the prototype to his boss, who exclaimed “It’s a monster!” as he wasn’t exactly enamoured of its looks. But, in common with many other “ugly” bikes such as eg: the V Max, GS, Mutley, Hayabusa and 999 (don’t @ me!) it was a bit different and it had character. IMO they got the styling absolutely bang on with the 796/1100. This iteration of the Monster is much more offensive in that it’s bland, safe, soullessly and, worse, focus-group-formulated cynically sales-orientatedly bland. It looks like the motorcycling equivalent of a Coldplay song, a Nissan Primera or a Barratt semi-detached house.