Hahaha. I’m sorry, I can’t help but laugh at the panic in which you asked this. Take a breath. Ducati Monsters aren’t rally or camping bikes in my minds eye, but I’m sure there are options. Firstly, without information about where your exhaust sits (high, low mount) and such, I don’t really know what to tell you!
Look into getting hard case side mount saddle bags that have a bracket. This might be hard to find for older Monsters, but I’m sure you can peruse ebay and the Ducati Monster Forums for help. Sign up, post an advice thread… people are usually pretty helpful and will have more experience with this than I will.
My Monster has no tail, so I’ll be unable to mount any saddle bags. My tank is so fancy I won’t be mounting any top boxes either. So, everything I take anywhere with me will be trapped to my back.
[post script] jack455 wrote me and said: “Tell your follower with the ducati monster panic to google search ducati monster luggage or panniers on images for an idea. I was looking at monsters and did some searching myself”
So, last I left off in Monster Project blog updates… I couldn’t find all the important bits for the rear wheel and attaching it to the bike. Axle, spacers, etc. I ripped apart my garage and stayed up until 5a putting it back together and just couldn’t find them.
I called everyone who’s shop the bike had been at to double check I hadn’t left it somewhere, and finally caved and replaced the rear axle and spacer bits. I stopped by Cheshire Motorsports on Division in Portland and they had the parts I needed… used! Cost me $40 and I was back in business.
A video about the somber feeling one gets when riding season comes to a close- when we often hold on to each last moment the sun is still kissing the asphalt and the roads are still dry.
Hopping on a motorcycle after work for even the shortest jaunt can be a meditative experience.
It has been a while since I updated on the Monster Project, though actually a lot has been going on. If you recall, the bike was transported in pieces to SDS via my Honda coupe. But prior to that, I tried to get myself a roller using only my limited tools and small garage space.
Part Ducati, part Harley Davidson… with scrambler pipes and a cafe racer style tail. What on earth could this be called? Well, the Desmohog of course. Somethings are worth doing just because you feel like it.
Crossbreed Cycles of East Sussex, England, is the work of Chris Barber. His opinion of the build, “The bike is meant to be a cross between bobber and cafe racer, I think this has been achieved but as a result the style is a bit awkward.” In a nutshell it’s a Harley bottom end with Ducati 900SS cylinders.