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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. 

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.

Here’s one of the lovely winners of the MotoLady 8k FB Likes Giveaway, the lovely Sarah Bachtel and her classic Ducati Monster dark! Sportin’ her brand new Icon 1000 El Bajo’s now, you can see it’s a step up (pun intended) from her previous “gear”!

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Xana Lucas sent me this amazing art inspired by my Monster Project today! Absolutely awesome, thanks Xana!
See my previous post about Xana’s art featuring motorcycling women »
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Xana Lucas sent me this amazing art inspired by my Monster Project today! Absolutely awesome, thanks Xana!

See my previous post about Xana’s art featuring motorcycling women »

[ more tagged art | illustration | monster ]

help help !!!so just brought a ducati monster 600 (2001) and im in the process of fixing her up , but ive just realised !!!! argh where do i put my paniers and tent when i go camping and rallys ????? any ideas ???? the soft luggage ive got drops on to the exhaust so is no good ,please dont say a top box as i really dont like them ! have you got any suggestions — Asked by Anonymous

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”

Check out the facebook post of this for other replies from readers »

Monster Project: Phase 18

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.