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My Ducati Monster, Pandora, in our shop- photograph by Scott G. Toepfer (sgtoepfer.com). 

My Ducati Monster, Pandora, in our shop- photograph by Scott G. Toepfer (sgtoepfer.com)

The lovely Pandora and I went for an evening ride on this overcast and warm Ventura day. Soft clouds make for great photos, it’s a giant softbox in the sky dampening and washing all the sun around. (For those that don’t know, a soft box is used in professional lighting for video and photo shoots to make light more even and spread out.)

These shots were taken at Serra Cross Park above Downtown Ventura, CA. To the right of the images there’s a giant cross overlooking the ocean. I can see this spot from my house, which is pretty cool. 

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Last week I featured a photo of Lucia Braham from Sydney, Australia on her Triumph Bonneville chopper.. and now I present to you her other ride, a Ducati Monster complete with Termignoni exhaust.
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Last week I featured a photo of Lucia Braham from Sydney, Australia on her Triumph Bonneville chopper.. and now I present to you her other ride, a Ducati Monster complete with Termignoni exhaust.

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Stefania Marzano of San Diego on her Ducati Monster dark. Plus, another lovely example of the motorcycle smile. Photograph by Spencer Tuck, copyright 2014.
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Stefania Marzano of San Diego on her Ducati Monster dark. Plus, another lovely example of the motorcycle smile. Photograph by Spencer Tuck, copyright 2014.

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Giving my Monster, aka ‘Pandora’s Box’, a sponge bath on this lovely 80°F sunny San Diego day.
Yeah, sometimes she gets washed before and after a ride. So what? Gotta treat the ladies right if you want them to do the same. 

Giving my Monster, aka ‘Pandora’s Box’, a sponge bath on this lovely 80°F sunny San Diego day.

Yeah, sometimes she gets washed before and after a ride. So what? Gotta treat the ladies right if you want them to do the same. 

Simone’s Ivory Monster

It’s really cool seeing other retro-ish Monster builds out there. Simone de Ranieri from Pisa, Italy sent me these photos of his Ducati Monster build. 

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A girl and her Monster- photographs by Wioletta Hain. Sylwia Helwich aka Ginger with her Monster 620. 

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The One Moto Snow

Road Trip (Part 2)

Getting to the One Show (the1moto.com) this year was a bit more difficult than in the past- partially because I moved to San Diego and partially because it snowed like crazy. The first portion of my road trip was easy peasy- driving the Purple Prius Eater (my Tacoma) to San Francisco from San Diego went shockingly well. The next leg started out with rain, and ended with Pandora’s Box looking like a Ducati popsicle. 

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Pandora’s Out of the Box: First Real Monster Ride

Over two long years, with help from so many amazing people, I’ve finally got the Monster on the road. As I mentioned in my previous announcement, "Pandora’s Box" rides well but needs tweaking. In the past few days, with some helping hands, I’ve tweaked the carbs a bit and undone some damage from the previous owner(s). While my test riding the other day way nice, it was limited to a 20 mile radius of my place for obvious reasons. Can’t go braaping off into the sunset until you’ve got the gremlins hammered out. 

Today, rather than watching the Super Bowl, my friend Jess and I hit the road toward Campo on Hwy 94 from San Diego. A ride I’d already done twice, it was a good choice for stretching Pandora’s legs… or tires. 

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I have to say… the Monster does well in the twisties. 

While it doesn’t strike some folks’ fancy, I personally love seeing things go places they typically “shouldn’t”. Like SeeSee’s Monster goin’ for some off road adventuring. 

There are things that you know you shouldn’t do, I find myself time and time again gravitating towards those things. someone once said its better to regret the things you’ve done rather than the regret the things you would have done. (SeeSee Blog)

Goin’ goin’ back back… to Cali, Cali… Today was the big move South! Cristi Farrell (of the Moteriffic Podcast) was more than a darling, she flew up to help me prep/pack and acted as uber-awesome co-pilot for our truck haul to Los Angeles. We sang car-aeoke, she napped a couple times, and I consumed copious amounts of caffeine.

My friend Sean gave me a hand installing the cheap-o wheel chock I got for the bed of the truck- combined that with a canyon dancer and the Monster was sturdy as hell.

I’ll be heading to my final destination (San Diego) after a good rest. I have been up over 24 hours, drove about 16 straight through night, and only slept four hours the night before that. I’ll have access to shop tools to finish the final fabrication on the Monster Project, and it will soon hit the road on it’s own two wheels (knock on wood). 

Monster Project: Phase 20

So, last we left off… the Monster Project was mostly put back together, and at Heath’s shop for ease of some last major-ish tasks. 

The main thing left was refinishing the scraped up engine covers. 

Monster Project: Phase 19

The last part of the Monster building process that I wrote an ‘official’ article about was when I finished the rolling chassis at SDS and moved it to my living room for awhile

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After multiple readers of my Monster Project plight on facebook suggested I create a campaign to get it funded, I caved and did so with Indiegogo.
I’m looking for $700-1200 and there’s some cool little perks for donating. Help me out if even just by sharing- in the words of Willie Nelson, I just want to be on the road again!
Monster Project: The Last Push on IndieGoGo »

After multiple readers of my Monster Project plight on facebook suggested I create a campaign to get it funded, I caved and did so with Indiegogo.

I’m looking for $700-1200 and there’s some cool little perks for donating. Help me out if even just by sharing- in the words of Willie Nelson, I just want to be on the road again!

Monster Project: The Last Push on IndieGoGo »

Ducati Monster girl at World Ducati Week 2010 by Nathan Slabaugh Photography.
Speaking of Ducati Monsters- if you’re not paying attention to the MotoLady instagram, you should be. Lots of Monster updates going on.

Ducati Monster girl at World Ducati Week 2010 by Nathan Slabaugh Photography.

Speaking of Ducati Monsters- if you’re not paying attention to the MotoLady instagram, you should be. Lots of Monster updates going on.