Should I bother trying to set up my Ducati Monster for touring?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Radar Rider, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. Radar Rider

    Radar Rider Been here awhile

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    Here's the deal

    I am in desperate need of the healing powers of a long-distance motorcycle journey. I'm sick of working for the man and ready to quit my job and just go ride

    Thinking of heading out west through new mexico and arizona, hanging out with my friend in LA, take the PCH up to Vancouver, and ride whatever cool roads I can along the way.

    My current bike is a monster S2R1000. I love it, and don't really want to sell it. But it's not the greatest distance bike around. I figure I could put some bar risers on it and get a more upright position and there are some aftermarket windscreens but they are still pretty tiny. It's pretty much limited to a 130-mile range too.

    The bike is fun as hell, but I don't know how I'd feel after riding it 300 miles each day.

    The other option I'm considering is buying a multistrada or ktm 950 out in cali and selling it when I get back... but then of course I have less $ for the trip. just not sure and the indecision is killin' me.

    What would you do?
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  2. nedodjija

    nedodjija Been here awhile

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    I used to have SV650 which is not as powerfull as your bike but I believe that the egronomics are very simmilar. I instaled bar raisers, deeper foot pegs and the windsheild to set it up for touring. One day I took 500 mile ride and I did not wanna get back on the bike. So I traded it in for more confortable up right position bike and never looked back. SV was great for shorter curvy roads, around town and so forth. But it lacked leg room, wind protection, seat confort and so forth. If I were you I would trade or sell my Duck and get something better for touring. Good luck with your choice.
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  3. PassTheGravy

    PassTheGravy Been here awhile

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    I'm in the "ride what you got" camp. 30 years ago, we would have been in heaven if we had a bike like the S2R to tour on. Some bar risers, soft bags and a small windscreen and you're ready to tour. It won't be a Goldwing, but 300-400 miles a day should be easily do-able on it. You'll have to plan gas stops carefully or take some auxillary fuel supply with you.
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  4. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    ride it.

    I KNOW you're not saying that you've never done a 300 mile day on your bike -- get some saft bags, saddle, tank and tail, and hit the road, jack.

    Your monster is worlds better than the finest touring bike was 30 years ago, no comparison --
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  5. Radar Rider

    Radar Rider Been here awhile

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    Haha luckily I'm not - I've done 3 so far... but that was more or less in stock form. I guess I could go for the bar risers and windscreen and do a short hop to test it out first too...
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  6. Mista Vern

    Mista Vern Knows all - tells some.

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    No shit. Get a sheepskin for your saddle and ride. Most of the guys I know (me included) have ridden zillions of miles on naked bikes not half as good as yours.
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  7. ACDNate

    ACDNate Been here awhile

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    Any bike will do it if your willing. I put a long trip on a Hyosung GT250, that's not nearly as comfortable as your Duc
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  8. sjc56

    sjc56 Long timer

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    It depends on your tolerance for pain.
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  9. earthroamer

    earthroamer Stuck in Pindadesh

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    I agree with ride what you got.

    I have a friend that rode his ZX10R from San Diego to Daytona Bike Week.
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  10. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    Touring or enduring; that is the question? :)
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  11. tordog

    tordog tordog

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    Toured my old 93 all over western U S ...No problems at all..
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  12. tordog

    tordog tordog

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    Toured my old 93 all over western U S ...No problems at all..
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  13. tordog

    tordog tordog

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    I really only did it one time...
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  14. gallinastrips

    gallinastrips Been here awhile

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    I would ride it up here to New Mexico with the pink slip, and if it's not working out you can trade it for my 03 Speed Triple which is all set up for touring. Comes with tent, sleeping bag, dry bag, tank bag, tools, Laminar Lip, etc...Some pics from last week in Colorado:freaky

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  15. Mista Vern

    Mista Vern Knows all - tells some.

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    You can say that again.
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  16. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    There is no reason you can't tour on a Monster. A couple friends of mine during a trip to Moab a few years ago. Both on Monsters:

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    :deal
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  17. NewSuz

    NewSuz Old coot on scoot

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    Do I have to tell my Vespa 125 touring story again?
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  18. duckman

    duckman co conspirator

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    touring on a monster is like using a screw driver to hammer a nail, wrong tool for the job .all these people telling you to use the monster probably haven't spent much time on one,i owned a 03 m800 dark for three years and i wouldn't recommend it for the trip.this said i took a brand new 1976 550 Honda to nova Scotia,Quebec,and then west Virginia from long island.it was all i could afford and it was the time of my life.if you can swing it a dl1000 v-strom would make the trip more enjoyable. [​IMG]
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  19. doctor_big

    doctor_big It hurts when I fall down

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    Agreed. KTM 950 Supermoto -- Toronto, Canada to Las Vegas and back in 13 days, on the stock seat....

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  20. alii1959

    alii1959 Been here awhile

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    I am currently setting up a GSXR600 for touring. I, eventually, will put Pelican cases on it. I am all for ride what you got.
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