According to Miguel Galluzzi, the Argentinean designer who dreamed up this whole Monster thing in the first place, "all you need is a saddle, tank, engine, two wheels and handlebars." That's an apt description of any Monster, and doubly so when it comes to the new S2R 1000. OK, so the monstrous S4Rs is more impressive the more you're impressed by raw power and sexy parts. But this new middle-spec Monster is truer to Galluzzi's original stripped-down ideal-and at $9995, being $5000 cheaper hardly hurts. The ergonomic challenges of a wide 'bar and high pegs are just as painful here, and unless you buy shoes in the kid's department, there's not much room for your boots. But otherwise, there's precious little to complain about.