First Look- Terra Mostro Adventure Bike

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Desert Dave, Mar 1, 2007.

  1. johnpitts01

    johnpitts01 Long timer

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    Anyone have any idea what's up with these guys?

    I sent an email request to them a couple months ago after riding with Doc Rock on the TNJT. No reply.
  2. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    I love it. I'm pushing 8000 miles on the bike so far. I've learned some things. First, I learned how to adjust the valves, while I was at it, replaced the belts and installed MBP collets. It's not a small job, but not impossible. I took it on last winter, at 6000 mi (spec is at 7500mi, but I did it early), took my time, and actually had fun doing it. The Ducati engine truely is a beautifully engineered thing. I wrote up a detailed how-to based on my experience and posted it on the Monster list here, if anyone is interested.

    The second thing I learned, is that it doesn't like racing enduros in tight NJ woods trails with lots of sand and whoops.

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    It can cover the terrain, but it's just physically too big to fit comfortably through some of the sections,

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    which means you (at least I) can never get the speed up fast enough to a) have fun, b) finish within the time regulations, and c) prevent clutch glazing. Since the enduro, I've been struggling finding neutral when stopped -- easy when rolling though, and no problem shifting from gear to gear. I replaced the clutch slave, bled 'till it hurt, and eventually took the clutch apart and changed out the plates. There was a nice coating of brown-sugar glaze that looked baked-on over everything. I coudn't get it all off without removing the basket, and I couldn't remove the basket without an impact wrench, which I now possess. The bike is totally rideable as is, it just bugs me, so maybe that'll be a project for next winter.

    On the other hand, it just eats up dual-sport / adventure rides. I love riding to these events, pulling off the panniers, riding the event, then loading back up and riding home, all on the same bike. Everyone who tried it at last year's Pine Barrens 300 seemed to have high praise for it...

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    (Jesus, I suck :lol3) I practically had to wrench it out of one inmate's clutches when we swapped bikes for awhile. (He was riding an X-challenge and will remain unnamed :brow) I had a great time with it at Hancock last year... (links to Ride Reports) hope to make it agian. Same with the "Thrill & Chill" ride in R.I.

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    Good times.

    Here's a Ride Report from a 3-day Trans-NJ Trail ride I led this spring. Dirt riding and camping.

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    Finally, The street wheels have been fun. I mounted them up and took the Total Control course down in Frederick, MD. What a hoot. Before that, I had no idea that street tires stick to pavement as well as knobbies stick to dirt. Eventually though, I learned the limits of traction on this ride. No damage to the bike or me. :beer Also, at some point I put a small bend in each street rim. Again, not unrideable, but I'll probably ship them up to New Hampsha over the winter to get straightened. I had been riding the street wheels / tires over dirt roads early spring, and I'm pretty sure it happened when I hit a pothole hard. In retrospect, I should have kept the street wheels exclusively on pavement; my guess is that spoked 17" wheels (instead of cast) would be more appropriate for true sumo on/off road riding.

    That's about it... I've done all the maintenance on it, upgraded some components with typically unnecessary farkles, the usual. Basically, I don't baby it, and it non-chalantly soaks up all the abuse I throw at it with grace. When I do manage to break something (not often), it's easy to fix. The suspension continues to rock, and if I had one complaint, it's that it's never clean. :wink: All the other Ducati's I see are all shiney and stuff. Mine must be defective somehow. :dunno

    There are holes in the bash plate.

    I last corresponded with Blaine by e-mail shortly before leaving on Mobius III mid-May. I'm sure the Terra Mostro is not the only project on his plate. I'd suggest emailing again, and/or calling and leaving a message. They're all great guys, who unfortunately picked pretty crappy economic times to launch a fledgling business.
  3. johnpitts01

    johnpitts01 Long timer

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    Thanks for the reply Doc.

    As you know I ride a KLR. Like you I enjoy riding to the events, pulling off the gear, thrashing the KLR, then mounting up and driving home. I had a blast at Durty Dabbers a couple weeks ago.

    The KLR is a bit heavy and underpowered though and I've been looking for something that suits me a bit better. Haven't been able to find anything that approaches the recliner comfort of the KLR...... until I saw your Terra Mostro. I'm hooked.

    I'll give Blaine a call this week.


    John
  4. joenuclear

    joenuclear Ride to eat, eat to ride... all roads lead to pie!

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    How bout an update Doc? Ever make it to Baja?
  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Same old same old. Still love the thing. Bike's still dirty. Does everything I ask of it. Fixed the clutch no-neutral-when-stopped thang. Got the street wheel dings pressed out. Usual winter stuff. Rear shock will be getting some attention from Klaus while we're out west riding on Mobius-5. I need a new front knobby. New rear pretty soon. Baja was ages ago. Never did do a ride report. Photos here. Was there anything specific you were wondering about?

    From the first real ride of the season:

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  6. joenuclear

    joenuclear Ride to eat, eat to ride... all roads lead to pie!

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    Nothing specific, just checking. Was something supposed to follow the colon in your last post?

    Thanks for the update.
  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    After the colon, there's usually this... :topes. But I just posted a recent photo of the bike.
  8. joenuclear

    joenuclear Ride to eat, eat to ride... all roads lead to pie!

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    Thanks Doc, for some reason the pic didn't show yesterday.
  9. viola-tor

    viola-tor Needs to ride!

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    I got to spend some time on a Ducati 696 recently in it's factory nekkid config, and was thinking to myself "this would be a cool adventure bike platform..." and then remembered the terra monstro! Cool thread, and I agree with Dr. Rock about the price, as I probably have close to $20K wrapped up in my KTM Adventure if I added it all up over 2+ years, which includes street & dirt wheels, custom suspension, blah blah blah. Having an entire bike custom built and tuned for YOU for the price of the Terra Monstro seems totally reasonable, even for a poor stiff like me.

    Very cool. Please post some Ducati dual-sport porn pics from time to time! :thumb
  10. ren-jr.

    ren-jr. Adventurer

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    Sooo, how much front wheel travel before it smacks the forward cylinder??? Ducati have trouble with their superbikes hitting the 17'' front wheel on the front cylinder already, I can only imagine a 21'' wheel...
  11. johanssonsan

    johanssonsan Adventurer

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    I think TerraMostro have the same front fork as Honda XR.
  12. kl Richard

    kl Richard This is a Dark Ride!!

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    Sorry, but I gotta bump this thread!!! "I think" is not an answer.....does anyone know the answer??
  13. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    I know. Modded Kayaba forks from the XR650R, modded head tube (and other parts) so the overall dimensions (and ride) ie. axle-axle, handle bar to pegs, rake / trail, etc, are similar to any other modern hard-adventure/ dual-sport dirt bike. The only way the front wheel can hit the front cylinder is by completely destroying the front forks, or by removing the front wheel, and then smacking it against the engine. :brow
  14. Todd-Squad

    Todd-Squad See Ya, Bye.

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    Admittedly it has been a while since I read this entire thread, so this might have answered. Has any fellow inmates actually purchased one of these? If so, how about an actual testimonial. They look cool, but I would really like to hear from someone who bought one.

    Todd-Squad
  15. Gildus

    Gildus Been here awhile

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    Dr. Rock is right. It's the XR650R suspension and works well on the bike.
  16. Gildus

    Gildus Been here awhile

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    I love my highly modded XR650r, which sounds amazing at power but I'm still haunted by that Ducati sound. Nothing like it. Just a matter of time.
  17. joenuclear

    joenuclear Ride to eat, eat to ride... all roads lead to pie!

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    Are they still in business?
  18. falcn

    falcn Squidless Soul

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    I was just wondering that myself as I just tried to find their home page on Google and it doesn't appear to be working. :(
  19. joenuclear

    joenuclear Ride to eat, eat to ride... all roads lead to pie!

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    Maybe DocRock will chime in when he catches up from their last ride.:ear