The Motorcycle Radio Network returns from a couple of weeks off for the holidays to discuss the 2010 Ducati Monster 696, the top five motorcycle industry news items of 2009 and the opening round of the 2010 Supercross Championship happening in Anaheim.
Anodize it Red
Carbon fiber, titanium and premium aluminum alloys are the materials we are incorporating into our Ducati Monster project bike. For the final drive we found a red-anodized aluminum-alloy rear sprocket flange in the Ducati Performance Accessories catalog. Aluminum alloy is a blend that may also include copper, zinc, manganese, silicon, or magnesium. In general these type of alloys are much lighter and more corrosion resistant than steel, but not as corrosion resistant as pure aluminum.
Ducati LED Indicators
Upgrading your Ducati Monster’s turn signals with light-emitting diode (LED) indicators provides more than meets the eye. Early LEDs emitted low-intensity red light, but if you have not noticed modern LEDs are available across the visible spectrum and with very high brightness. As well, modern LEDs have other benefits including; lower energy consumption, longer life, better shock resistance, smaller size and faster switching.
After a long two-up ride on our Monster, my passenger was complaining about seat comfort and I had to sympathize with her. Since we had luck with the clever two-piece tail bag we decided to have another look at what the latest Ducati Accessories catalog had to offer. We found the Ducati Monster (696 and 1100) Comfort Touring Seat.
Chain, Sprockets and Carrier Upgrade
Performance and quality components continue to be our main theme as we upgrade our Ducati Monster 1100S motorcycle project bike. Maximizing the power delivery from our air-cooled v-twin through to the final drive was our next task. Again, we surveyed the market to find proven bolt-on parts that would meet our objectives and inventively we again found a company with a storied motocross legacy; one with 142 World Titles and 111 US Titles.
New partnership provides low payments for Ducati Monster 696 and 848 Superbike.
Ducati North America and FreedomRoad Financial are excited to announce an official partnership that will provide retail financing for the full line of Ducati motorcycles in the United States.
Monster Motorcycle Contest
The arrival of the new Monster 1100 S is finally here. And as part of National Premier week, from January 9th through Janury 16th, a select number of dealers have been lured by Ducati into customizing a Monster for a national contest.
Yamaha’s upright middleweight motorcycle, the FZ6, provides a decent package for the daily commuter with weekend canyon aspirations. Loosely based on their serious sport machine, the R6, the FZ-while not possessing the impressive power and speed of its sibling-makes for an unexpectedly versatile and fun motorcycle.
Having extensively ridden the Ducati Monster 695 in the RRMC "Ladies Choice" story (June/July 2007), toured through a corner of the Colorado Rockies on an ST3 S ABS (August/September 2007), and taken a few spins on the Hypermotard 1100 S, I love Ducati at least as much as the next gal. When the Monster S2R 1000 showed up in my garage, I was eager to check out the bike and see what the larger Monster could do.
Harley-Davison and Ducati do make great motorcycles for women as well. While some of our sisters are content to express their rebellious side with a sports car, others notice that anyone can drive a convertible without much in the way of special skills. Motorcycles are different.
Vulcan 900 Review
Well, this one almost slipped by us. When Kawasaki announced the new-for-’07 Vulcan 900 Custom, it’s safe to say that there wasn’t a staff-wide arm wrestling sudden-death tournament to determine who got to ride it first. But, at Kawasaki’s urging that I was really missing something, I skeptically agreed to give the 900 Custom a shot. Really, how exciting could a sub-liter metric cruiser be?
Champing at the bit to replace the aging Monster 620, Ducati will proffer the Monster 695 as an early release 2007 model. The centerpiece of the upgrade is a new 73 hp L-twin desmodromic motor that, according to a Ducati representative, has “the highest output per cubic centimeter of all our Ducati air-cooled engines.”