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 (http://www.ducatimonsterforum.org/
) 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
Spare parts catalog - http://www.ducati.com/bikes/catalogs.jhtml;MY=2002
rearset bolts: 4 M8x40-1.25 and 2 M10x25-1.5
- 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.
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: http://home.earthlink.net/~desmoduck/muffler_mod.html
Or you can pay someone to do it:
http://www.ducatipipemod.com/. 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.
will drill lots of holes in your rear brake rotor to make it lighter.
- another shop that does the same thing.
- expensive but very high quality. I've got 'em, they work great and are beautifully made.
- 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
Blink your headlight and brake light for better visibility: http://www.kisantech.com/
- guy in NH that does some amazing stuff with paint.
- Monster under seat tray alternatives
- 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.
http://www.teamdaemon.com/ - 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.