It’s been a long strange road for my Monster and I.
It started in 2006 when I bought a used salvaged 2005 Ducati Monster. At the time I might have paid a bit more than I needed to for it, but I was and still am happy with it. Nearly everything done since has been either to enhance comfort or repairs from the result of some mishap, which admittedly happened with some frequency when I first got the bike.
The first changes were adding handle bar risers to give my back and wrists some relief with all the around town riding I was doing. Then came the aftermarket seat, because the stock seat was painful after about 100 miles or so and I was already doing long rides after 6 months on the bike.
The first incident that demanded repairs was December 30th of 2006. I locked up the front brake in a panic moment and went down. Nothing too bad done to the bike, but the front rotors were warped, the headlight broken and I banged up the tank pretty badly.
So I had the tank cleaned up and repainted and put new rotors and brakes from a 800 Monster on it. I also got a new headlight assembly off of a another Monster. This ended up with the bike looking better than it ever had which was weird and not normally how crashing a bike works.
The bike ran great for the next couple of years, then in late 2008 the dash began to act up and eventually died. Instead of fixing this (like maybe I should have…) I instead bought the damn BMW F800S.
After the BMW tried to kill me I purchased a used dash on Ebay and brought the Monster back out of retirement. Again I had a good couple of years of riding. Then early this year my clutch began to show signs of beginning to slip and I once again began to contemplate a new motorcycle. However, I decided that instead I would invest in a barely used 695 engine and give myself a bit of an upgrade.
This went great (but not without it’s minor drama) and for a few weeks I had a Monster 695. Then my chain decided to break and send me into another dilemma of what to do with the Monster.
As you probably know, I kept it and with the help of some awesome people I got new cases, cannibalized a stator cover off my old engine and I’m back on the road, again!
So, now I have an Engine with parts from three different Monsters, brakes and headlight from another couple, with the seat being aftermarket there is much that isn’t anything close to original. Tank and frame primarily. I even have one of my wife’s wheels on my bike due to a bit of tire wear cheating.
All I know is that it’s mine and I love it.