AUTO & MOTO ARTISANS - AUSTRALIA
Ducati Monster Dark Horse
Miguel Galluzi's Monster pretty much pulled Ducati's fat out of the fire
– but forget the back story, for street cred, a booming exhaust note,
and the grunt and handling to back it up, check out this MY 2000 Dark.
Back in 2000, before the water-cooled engines, the Monster to have was the newly fuel-injected 900ie, and the most affordable was the matte black Dark. Entry-level pricing cost you in the suspension department, but this bike's first owner put the savings to good use with Remus cans, lashings of carbon, and a hot chip.
He did good. So when it came to the Deathridge garage it went largely untouched and served as the regular ride for years with little more attention than fresh fuel, oil and rubber.
Spirited use eventually took its toll though. You can ride around a dragging clutch, you can ride around shuddering discs, you can ride around sagging springs, but all three together tend to take the fun out of things. Time to break out the spanners and hit the accumulated stockpile of eBay 'finds'.
The stock non-adjustable forks were swapped out for a fully-adjustable set from an S4. The tired clutch was replaced by a hardly used 1198S unit that came with an aftermarket alloy pressure plate. A vented billet clutch cover was added, and the shagged discs ditched for wave rotors.
Couple of hours work and it was a different bike – much, much sharper with the new forks and springs.
Eventually sold with a first-option buy back clause, it's still going strong today...and still showing up young squiddies on sportsbikes.
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