What bike do you want today?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by fivehitsweak, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. Randy

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    The Ducati Monster is one of THOSE bikes that also stir my soul too actually, so I know what you mean by that. My first Duc ('93 900SS) was the bike that actually started all that I've described as far as the soul stirring thing for me. It was the first bike I ever rode that I could say gave me that special feeling. Very few bikes since has done so either actually. I have a thing for Ducs, Guzzis, and more recently tube frame Buells and my HD Sportster. The sounds and feeling of a v-twin just does something for me that no inline 4 has ever done for me. Not a real fan of vertical twins either. And while singles are fine for a dualsport and off road bike, they just don't really do it for me on the street too much either.

    Lane splitting isn't allowed here in GA, and even if it was, for the most part it wouldn't help since the average speed on my usual routes is somewhere between 70 and 80 anyway. And generally speaking, even when it's slower it's still moving along pretty good for the most part. Just a dense multi-lane mass of rapidly moving, inattentive people and big trucks. Not a place I care to spend time on a bike. If it was more of a situation of filtering through grid lock traffic then maybe I could see it be beneficial, but for me anyway, the additional risk just wouldn't be worth it in my situation. Besides, it's a moot point anyway since I have a company vehicle and more times than not that is my office, and my "commute" isn't a traditional one where I go to the same office everyday anyway. I probably spend less than 20-30 days a year in my actual office.

    On the expense end of things, I don't want to give the idea that I feel the way I do because I have money coming out my ass either, cause I don't. I have bills just like everyone else, and I save money where I can so I can afford the things I want, like bikes that stir my soul. For example, I do all my own service work. Even changing and balancing my own tires. Knock wood, but I haven't paid a dealer to do anything to a bike for me in probably 10 years or so. And when I do mods to my bikes I'm a very frugal shopper, often buying used items off of ebay or forum classifieds or building the parts I want myself. I'm a big advocate of "penny-tech". I am a cheap ass.. Seriously. But there's just some things that I can't see skimping on. And one of those is in bypassing a bike that really lights my fire, and riding something else that bores me, personally, just to save a little gas money.

    But you have 180K MILES on a Monster??? Wow! Never heard of a Duc with mileage that high. What year is it? What has been your experience of failures or high wear things outside the normal items?

    A Monster is on my very short list of bikes I want next. Please tell me that they don't get better than 50 mpg... :evil :rofl
  2. luckychucky

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    I feel way better on mid-controls, that's what I like about the XL1200R too! Bravo. I thought I was the only one thinking like this.
  3. Randy

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    Not at ALL. If you read back through this thread you'll see this subject discussed quite a bit. I personally couldn't stand the feeling of my bike when it had the stock forwards on it. Much prefer it now that I switched it to mids. :thumb
  4. PhilB

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    Actually, I have 207K on it so far. It's a '93, first year of production, bought new.

    180K was how far it got without needing much of anything ever. Up to that point, aside from normal wear items, all I had done was piston rings at 122K, new brake discs at 125K, and a clutch basket at 140K. And that 15 cents a mile cost did include that I do have almost everything done at the dealer; I can do my own wrenching, but I'd rather not if I can afford to have someone else do it. I could have run it a fair bit cheaper than that if I did my own work, looked for used parts, etc.

    From strictly a financial standpoint, I should have gotten a new bike about then, but I really like that bike and it fits me right, so I decided to go ahead and put in the money to make it last. Since 180K, I've replaced the carburetors, rear shock, done some electrical work, wheel bearings, master and slave cylinders, a few oil seals and gaskets, rebuilt the forks, stuff like that. I also got some CycleCat rearsets and Staintune pipes, neither of which were cheap. I'm due for brake discs again.

    No deep engine work yet; the bottom end and transmission haven't seen daylight since it was built. I'm thinking of getting it rebuilt at 250K just for good measure; my goal is to see 500K on it eventually.

    It gets 45 to 50 mpg, depending on how I ride it.

    I know of several Ducs over 100K, mostly early '90's Monsters and 900SS's. Mine is one of only two I know of that is over 200K. The other is Gary Eagan's ST4 that he set a bunch of endurance riding records on in the early 2000's. He put about 225K on it before switching to another bike; that bike is at the Barber museum now and not accumulating any more miles.

    PhilB
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    Wow, I'm impressed! :thumb... That shuts a lot of people up about Ducati reliability then doesn't it... LOL! And now it makes me want to pull my 93" 900SS out of the corner of the garage, go through it and put it back on the road! :D Sounds like it is WAY to "young" to retire. I never had any problems out of mine either, but then again, I don't have that many miles on it either. Still in really good shape too. I new they were reliable, I just wasn't sure about longevity in terms of racking up major miles, but you're changing my thoughts on that one now. Now you're also making me want to start shopping craigslist for an early mid 90's Monster 900 again...

    And as far as doing my own work, it isn't so much that I can't "afford" to have it done as it is that I'm just too cheap. :lol3 That, and after a couple of bad experiences, and knowing how a lot of shops and shop mechanics operate, I just trust myself much more than someone else and I tend to be sorta anal about my bikes. The only bike that I've owned in the last 20 years that I let someone else touch regularly was my 900SS back when John Hoffman was still living and operating Cycle Specialties of Athens, GA. I trusted John and he knew his Ducs. He was a cool dude too once you got to know him. :thumb
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    I'd like an SV650, VTR100, or anything similar. I bought a Nighthawk a month ago and have put almost 2500 miles on it. It has no faults, and I hate that. I long for the torque of a V-Twin.
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    1981 Honda 750 Sport fs locally, very tempting...

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    I agree, but are K75T riders allowed to comment on aesthetics?
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    Why would you want that gorgeous bike with less (or at least less sophisticated) engine?
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    This...
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    or this...

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  15. gentlemanjim

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    That is no Star Bolt engine there. More like a 90 degree VTwin SV650, 1000 maybe
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    Go one post north of mine and you'll understand what I was saying.

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    On a separate note, the only thing I like about that RSD R90S tribute is the paint.
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    Any color would do:

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  18. gentlemanjim

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    Love those GT1000's
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    :clap
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    The one in the picture is a Honda engine.


    Why a Bolt engine? Less complex, nice sound, nice aesthetic.
    Four cams and 150hp in a package that doesn't have a fairing? Meh.

    A bike like that with a nice vtwin exhaust note and 75-90 hp would be lots of fun to ride around and enjoy without much drama. Fit it with a carb and some long duration cams and it would make some sweet noise without being a handful.