Discussion in 'My Bike' started by supamodel, Jan 11, 2008.
Who needs a clear shot when you have motorcycling art:
That's a great photo.
I think I've seen other bike pics next to that wall, is it in Canberra?
It's in Belco, on Coulter Drive. Back of the basketball? thingo, near the intersection of Coulter and Belco Way. I've seen lots of pics of bikes near stuff in Civic and some other graf around Tuggers and Queanbeyan, but not too much up there, which is one reason I chose it. Other reason is that it is close to where I used to live.
No point having a photo of a Ducati actually doing something like riding, of course.
EDIT: And here is where it is
I'm sure Mitch took a photo there before... he's a Belco rat, so it's highly likely :
I bet he ripped my location off when I posted it on Netrider, cause that pic was taken in about august or sept 06 .
Ahh, that's probably where I've seen it before!
Nope, not shot there before. You're probably thinking of that pic of the Fuelstorm with all the graffiti behind it, that was taken at the Ghetto wall. http://flickr.com/photos/uc_mitch/403270100/in/set-72157594237756772/
But enough of that, very cool shot there supamodel. How much do 2nd hand S2R's run for?
A guy in Sydney picked up a modded, low kay S2R1k (but had already had the 1 year service) for $14k. They will probably get a bit cheaper now they've been out for two years and more (well, it's not like they sold that many) will probably come onto the market. For most people ormal S2R (out since 2005), which runs the 800cc wet-slipper-clutch motor, is a good choice and they're advertised for $10k now, for one which has done just a shade over 10k km.
Got back into work full time today after my MSc was finished. Last time a couple of people saw me was when I had the loan M696. One person goes "nice to see you're back on a real bike and not that poof-machine you had last time".
Turns out Ducati did manage to design a shitheap with the new Monster . It doesn't pass the current Monster owner test, and it fails the non-motorcyclist that one would assume most Ducati owners desire to appeal to.
Although I didn't buy this bike to appeal to non-riders... or anyone in fact other than myself, I do enjoy the random questions that Ducati ownership throws at you. I guess people asking random questions of me is why I'm capable of walking around with electric blue hair.
Examples of random questions or statements one receives weekly:
1) "Is it meant to make that noise?"
They look even more suspicious when you pull the clutch in and turn the clunkityclunkityclunkity into a pring-pring-pring-pring spring rattle.
I suspect I need a new clutch soon.
2) "Looks like you've blown a headgasket! Probably why it's got that horrible bearing rattle"
See above. For extra explanation, mine is an oil cooled Ducati. In winter they tend to get a touch of condensation in the oil, so you get milky oil in the sight glass if you do a quick run to the shops or something. People who admire the bike but think they have some mechanical clues to rub together like to point out that milky oil = blown headgasket, and are almost dumbfounded to find out it is not water cooled. "But it has a radiator!"
3) "Ducatis! Aren't they the [fastest|most expensive] bikes in the world?"
What can you say to that? Erm, well, I have a cheap and slow one. Unfortunately, as mine is not red, those who say this clearly can at least read. Tends to help weed out the admirers from those who actually know.
4) "Ducati? Why would you buy that? My [insert bike here] is faster and cooler"
Faster, yes. 3) suggests cooler may or may not be appropriate; if I bought it for the image, I'd have got a red one, though.
5) "Stop setting off my car alarm!"
I only set off a car alarm when I ride into my driveway.
Pity it's my own car's alarm.
"Your Tappets are Noisy!" from the helpful older gents...
and... always my personal favourite for any Ducati 'hyper'bike owner
"One of your headlights is out mate!" (Now also works equally well for Honda owners )
And 2004 R6s.
Yes, but they then realised that they HAD actually installed a proper Alternator and Reg/Rect, and promptly fixed it up again in 2005
I like shit alternators(1). Makes starting the bike like Russian Roulette.
I will install an Odyssey battery when this one properly dies.
... Getting more serious, the R6 was also the most temperamental bikes that I've been associated with. Leave it more than a month and it'd only just start. I left the Monster for 2 months when I went o/s with work, three cranks and it fired. It's only the last month the battery's clearly getting a bit tired.
... The other cool thing that I always forget about when I ride someone else's bike is the servo starting on the Monster. You just have to tap the starter and it cranks over automagically for you. The ECU decides how long to crank based on how long it was since you last started, ambient temp, yada yada. Blows people out to tap the starter and gear up while it's still cranking.
I had the privilege of taking an S4RS Monster for a blast a little while ago.
It was the first Ducati i've ridden.
Handles, stops and lots of torque.
Big fun :thumbsup:
There's so many things i like about you, I..
I just don't know where to begin,
I like the way you, look at me with those beautiful eyes,
I like the way you, act all surprised,
I like the way you, sing along,
I like the way you, always get it wrong,
I like the way you, clap your hands,
I like the way you, love to dance,
I like the way you, put your hands up in the air,
I like the way you, shake your hair,
I like the way you, like to touch,
I like the way you, stare so much,
but most of all....
most of all....
I like the way you move.....
I like the way you move.....
To the Monster. There are many times I have questioned our relationship. The time you surged due to the shitty fuel injection setup with the O2 sensor. The expensive services. The incredibly annoying clutch rattle if the clutch lever is pulled in, and the horrible clunks when the clutch is released. Then there's the annoyance of trying to fit heated grips to you, and the fact you crank over at less than 1rpm in winter. Then there's the fact your headlight just sucks. Sometimes I question your father's choice in rear shock settings. There's also the stupid special tool for tightening your head stem bearings (who thought that was a good idea?).
Then there was the rear hub. I really questioned you then. Expensive part, annoying to replace, no help from workshop manuals, doing loads of stuff in the dark. Part availability sucked a bit, too.
But tonight, I put you back together. Lovingly slathered grease on the components that needed it. Placed nuts and bolts and screws and circlips on properly and in order, and didn't forget any.
And then I took you for a testride.
Now I remember why I love you.
The Monster is back. It is my bike, and I love it.
Ain't love grand?
You know its true love, when no matter how many bikes you whore, the one you come home to is the one you love the most.
Well I love the 91 gixxer in the garage in a different way, and I love Whippet in a different way too. In this case, it's more that I'd fallen out of love between the 18th of Dec and today.
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Welcome back to true motorcycle joy :thumbsup:
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Everything is better with naked twins.
Ain't that the truth!!
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