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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”

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Question: Protective Denim

Question from Rob Brooks-

Any recommendations on protective Denim for women? Wanting to get my girlfriend some, but no one seems to make any that would fit to a woman’s body. Kevlar doesn’t flex. Figured you would be the one to point me in the right direction.

This is a question I’ve been asked a few times, so I’m going to address it here. First, my disclaimer: For full protection you should ride in fully protective motorcycle pants with hip, knee and shin protection. Leather or abrasion resistant textile designed for protecting a rider from road rash, etc. 

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That being said, many of us like to ride in more casual gear that will still offer us decent protection so that we can be comfortable and more safe than in jeggings and flip flops. The level of your safety gear is your choice alone, and while I offer options… I am not going to claim I wear a race suit every time I leave the house. I’ve listed some good looking protective motorcycle pant options below. 

Hey all you internet know-it-alls… did I put this flange on backwards? 
It’s from my Monster Project (1998 Ducati Monster 750). I think the reason the exhaust seems loose is because the gasket and half bushings are not actually being pushed all the way in (becuase the other side is recessed where as this side pushes out). Am I right? (Click here to leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.)
I actually posted a YouTube video of it all wiggly here, too.
Thanks for the update and help… figured it out. Yuuuup I made a rookie mistake, I put the half bushings on the inside upside down I think. Oh well, fix it and move on!

Hey all you internet know-it-alls… did I put this flange on backwards? 

It’s from my Monster Project (1998 Ducati Monster 750). I think the reason the exhaust seems loose is because the gasket and half bushings are not actually being pushed all the way in (becuase the other side is recessed where as this side pushes out). Am I right? (Click here to leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.)

I actually posted a YouTube video of it all wiggly here, too.

Thanks for the update and help… figured it out. Yuuuup I made a rookie mistake, I put the half bushings on the inside upside down I think. Oh well, fix it and move on!

What cans are you planning to put on your monster? — Asked by raldingrad

No specific brand of cans, custom undertail exhaust with beautiful GP welds to be done by Heath Knapp of Heathenwerks.

Only the best for the Monster Project. ;)

Why isn’t there a single company out there that sells a complete line of considered protective gear for men and women?

Instead we get a hodge-podge of mismatched stuff thats designed to look good on a hanger in Cycle Gear or whatever.

Sean Smith, motorcyclist and freelance journalist in Los Angeles
Have you grilled hot dogs on an episode of Portlandia? — Asked by Anonymous

Haha, no. I kind of wish I had though!

Any tips on how to mount a camera to your motorcycle to take pictures while riding? — Asked by Anonymous

If you don’t want to buy a GoPro (made for this purpose, incredibly useful in that they are durable and good quality) then I would suggest the Capture Camera Clip System. I have it, I kickstarted it back when it was just in fledgling form. It works great. They have an alternative base that allows clipping on to all sorts of things like handlebars, luggage racks, etc.

Capture Camera Clip System for sale on Amazon $79.99

Ladies… as a motorcyclist do you ever feel like this woman?

Ladies… as a motorcyclist do you ever feel like this woman?

Hey I would love to participate in your june contest but the Icon Hella Heartbreaker jacket doesn't really suit me. Have any alternatives for a male winner? — Asked by Anonymous

Nope. The Hella Heartbreaker jacket is what I’m giving away this contest. Sorry, homeskillet.

On that note… you can still participate. Send me a pic! :) Second and third place are still notable titles!

Hi, quick question, you maybe able to help me. I am searching for a Ducati SportsClassic front hub, or a hub that could allocate a double front SportsClassic rotors pair. Do you know were I could ask for this part? Thanks in advance. Great blog, btw. Keep it coming! — Asked by Anonymous

Since I don’t know the answer to this I would a) call a Ducati dealership (MotoCorsa- the one I work at is awesome…. 503.292.7488) or b) Have someone fabricate one for you.

Hope that helps… sorry I don’t know more. Oh and thanks for the compliment! :)

Okay POST SCRIPT: Hey douchebag who wrote me an anonymous msg- “Fabricate a hub? lol yeah right." I’m fuckin’ tired and I read it wrong so give me a break.

How did you like the electric bike, and how hard did you run it before it ran outta juice? — Asked by aghoulistmike

I really liked riding the Enertia. Once you get past the fact that you’re not shifting… there’s no clutch, no shifter. One speed, one gear… GO! Also it makes almost no sound. So while you ride by someone at 30 mph, you can still hear them talking! It’s crazy. I didn’t get to ride it far, maybe a quarter mile before it died. However, we were in this crazy black hole location that was killing all batteries, electronics, etc. So I don’t really blame the machine. Also it was only at 14% battery when I started. 

I hate to sound ignorant but why did you call them squids? Back in high school 20 years ago in my part of town squids were the people they call goth today. Ps. Your blog is awesome! — Asked by Anonymous

No worries, we can’t all be on the up and up with these confangled new terms. Squid is used when talking about an inexperienced rider. Generally the term came from the fact that squids go fast in a straight line but are slow around corners. They generally think themselves invincible, and don’t wear proper protection. 

The definition according to the oh-so-reputable Urban Dictionary:

A young motorcyclist who overestimates his abilities, boasts of his riding skills when in reality he has none. Squid bikes are usually decorated with chrome and various anodized bits. Rear tyres are too wide for their own good, swingarm extended. Really slow in the corners, and sudden bursts of acceleration when a straight appears. Squids wear no protection, deeming themselves invincible. This fact compounds intself with the fact that they engage in ‘extreem riding’—performing wheelies and stoppies in public areas.

Interesting how motorcyclists are automatically is referred to as a “he” or “him” there…. haha!

And PS, thank you for the compliment!

Hey there! I really enjoy your blog. I am a fellow female Portlander and recently bought a bike (a beautiful '76 Honda CB500T!). I was wondering if you knew any female mechanics out there that you could recommend. I was hoping to find a motorcycle mama to take care of my baby. I thought you'd be in the know.

Thanks for all the great pics.

Ride safe,

Sam — Asked by singbehindtheplow

First, I want to just giggle at “fellow female” because it is amusingly oxymoronic. And yet it totally makes sense!

And secondly, CONGRATULATIONS! I resist typing an excessive amount of exclamation points but it’s worth a few more… !!!!! !! !

Is it the orange ‘76 CB that Thor from See See Cycles was selling? If so, I am j-j-j-jealous! Or maybe that was a ‘77… Anywho, that is a RAD bike and you will have so much fun on it, I am sure.

I actually don’t know any female moto mechanics in Portland, but maybe my readers can help me out with this…? Holla…! I am always down to assist in wrenching, although yes my knowledge is limited. 

Rubber down, sister.

Hi Motolady,

In regards to your recent photo with the 2 ducati monsters and the sports classic, are they spotlights underneath the iconic ducati light?! they are so awesome! where did you get them from! congrats on getting your ducati running, you will love it!
Keep up the great blog, its brilliant :)

Denton :] — Asked by justgetonyourbike

Hey Denton!

Are you referring to this image of the three wonderful Ducati moto ladies? The bikes are actually all three sport classics, the one on the left is a Paul Smart. 

The photo was taken in 2008 outside MotoCorsa (my work). It features “the girls of MotoCorsa” at the time. Kat now works at Rev’It! in Philadelphia, and Erica still works here at MC.

And thank you, the Monster Project will probably never quite end, much like the work to my Maxim. But such is the way of mechanical process. ;)

Regards,
MotoLady

Hey
I found your page or whatever it is through stumble upon. Ive then spent the evening looking at every single bike picture. I love that BMW in the header and its what got me into ex military bikes. Would love to know what you think about the harley davidson MT350 and the BMW R71. I cant choose between getting one of them or a Triumph Street Triple — Asked by Anonymous

First thing you need to ask yourself is: What primary function do I want my motorcycle to serve? Are you going to use it for…

  • Commuting?
  • Off roading?
  • Adventure riding?
  • Traveling across many countries?
  • Cruisin’?
  • Lookin’ cool?
  • Speedin’ like a maniac?

Dependent upon what you answered, I can point you in the direction of some of my favorite bikes.

I don’t know much about the HD MT 350, but I do know that if you’re looking for a dual sport bike there are a few amazing options out there. The Ducati Multistrada is one of them. It’s one of those machines that performs beautifully, and it’s designed for multi-use (hence the name). Which seems like something you’re wanting. 

The BMW R71 is one of my favorite motorcycles. It is classic, sexy, and well made. BMW’s are an amazing bike, and a great investment. If you do end up getting one, you should talk with Seth Jaramus for any work you need done. He’s a Beemer specialist in Portland, Oregon. And he’s amazing. 

As for snagging a Triumph Street Triple… I know a few people with these bikes, and they all love them. Triumph, as I’ve heard, is a great company with great mechanical performance as well as design. The 2011 Speed Triple looks like a bad ass machine. 

I also dig the Royal Enfield Bullets, BMW R51Ducati Monster, the Diavel, 848, Honda CBR 600RR (or 1000RR) and I’m still a fan of early Yamaha XS and XJ 650s.

Post Script: Lend an ear to this reader’s opinion.