The Caboteria / Main Web / DucNotes (12 Aug 2013, TobyCabot)
I have a 2002 Ducati Monster M750S ie that I bought in December 2004 from a guy in Roslindale (see BuyingTheDuc). Evidently he hadn't ridden it much because it had only 400 miles.

The Ducati Monster List web site ( is full of interesting chatter about riding and modifying monsters. It has one unpleasant side effect though - if you spend even a few minutes on the site you tend to get excited about making changes to the bike. Things that you previously didn't even notice, now really really bug you. The #emissions_cannister for example

Spare parts catalog -;MY=2002

rearset bolts: 4 M8x40-1.25 and 2 M10x25-1.5


suspension - Eric Colbath in NH is an ace Ducati tech. He rebuilt my forks and they're vastly better than stock. After 10 years at BCM he's doing his own thing. - Peter Kates is a suspension guru in Bellingham, MA (down on the RI border).


Everyone removes the reflectors from the front forks. I hadn't noticed until I read about it, and then sure enough they started to bug me. They're nasty little plastic things stuck on with double-sided tape. They're clearly tacked on at the last minute to meet some regulation or other. The good news is that they're easy to remove with a hair dryer and a little elbow grease. One almost fell off, the other needed a little convincing with a screwdriver. Afterwards the forks needed a little cleanup with some alcohol to get rid of the crusty glue that the adhesive tape had left behind.

gas tank stickers

Again, a little heat with a hair dryer and some careful peeling got the two gas tank stickers up. A better idea than the hair dryer is to just leave the bike in the sun for an hour or two - I'd bet this will heat the tank more than the hair dryer.

I stuck the stickers on the inside cover of my owner's manual just so I have them for reference.

emissions cannister

Purely cosmetic, but it's surprising how much better it looks when it's done.


You can hack on the stock exhausts to make them louder:

Or you can pay someone to do it: I went this route (got the "1/2 mod") and it's amazing how much of a difference it makes. It's a little louder (but not obnoxiously loud) but the sound is magnificent. Not as deep as a Termignioni or Arrow but great value for the money.

rear brake will drill lots of holes in your rear brake rotor to make it lighter. - another shop that does the same thing.

Mirrors - expensive but very high quality. I've got 'em, they work great and are beautifully made.

Turn Signals - LED's, about $25. Some talk that they're not very durable. - look like OEM, but smaller. Bulbs.




You can never be too loud.

License Plate Lights

Light modulator

Blink your headlight and brake light for better visibility:

Cool Paint - guy in NH that does some amazing stuff with paint.

Misc - Monster under seat tray alternatives

Track Days - well-run track days with classroom training and small-group instruction - program for beginners, sounds good. - a group that runs track days. Has a free "intro" session where you can ride for a couple of sessions in the morning. - two track days a year at Loudon, looks defunct. - more focussed on instruction. - pictures from a track day in 2009. I'm in black leathers with a red helmet. - safety wiring a Ducati. Some track days require that you safety-wire the oil filter.

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