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I've found plenty of information on clip-ons for pre-2001 Monsters, but nothing on post-2001's. I own a 2003 620ie and want clip-ons. Where do I go? Thanks in advance for the help.
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ps-from what I can tell, it should simply be a matter of swaping everything over to the new bars-brake res., mirrors, etc. right? or am I wrong here?
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Remember, unless you drop your upper triple clamp, you will have to mount the clip-ons underneath it and you will have that fugly cast, bar-mounting bracket staring up at you. Check out the sponsors. They sell several brands of clip-ons and do a search under "Accessories" for more info.
 

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Thanks guys. A few questions.
Where did you get that triple clamp? Is it a modified Monster one? Why do I need one in the first place (b/c there isn't enough fork to clip to?).
If anyone here has done the swap and has pix, I'd love to see them.
Also, who do you recommend as a vendor for this particular application?
The riding stance right now is kinda lame.
Thanks again everyone!
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Thats a modded stock clamp. You can use pretty much any clip on except for any that utilize pre 02 stock handlebar mounts (rizoma for example) Motostrano.com has quite a few to choose from. You can just leave the stock tripple the way it is or you can do what I did. Grind off the stock mount and sand/polish it smooth. Noone makes a replacement tripple clamp yet for 02+ and when they do they will probably be over $300.
 

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Here are the pics of my install. The only difference with yours will be the mounts for the stock bar that are one piece with triple tree. You can grind them off as pictured above or leave them on.

My clip-ons are the same that Motowheels sell and they mount above the triple tree - you have just enough room for them to mount. http://www.motowheels.com/italian/myProducts.cfm?parentcategoryid=38|Aluminum Billet&productID=104&showDetail=1&categoryID=45|Ducati Monster billet&vendoridtodisplay=0&filterFor=&collection=168|Italian Motorcycle Parts

Pictures are here: http://tarkhan-mouravi.com/ducati/bars.html

The bottom pics show both clip-ons and stock bar installed to give you an idea of changed riding position
 

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Um Michael,

You used a ton of BW with all those (nice) pics, but...

T33 has an '03 with the new tripple with cast-in risers. Not directly related to his problem.
 

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May I refer you to the second sentence in my post? ;)

I also understood his question to be about the need to go under the triple, so I wanted to show him the particular clip-ons that allow over-the-triple mount without having to pull the forks up.

He also asked for pictures of install, hence my post. Sorry, I didn't know about bandwith limitations. Feel free to delete it if needed
 

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There's no firm board policy on BW. But, it's best to limit posts to just one or two pics directly in the thread. If more are called for, insert a URL for reference. If you don't have a web site to put them up on, you can insert a URL to the uploaded pics in the gallery instead of using the "insert picture" feature.

I'm on a T1 line at work and it still takes a couple of seconds to refresh this thread! Imagine the poor SoBs at home with less BW!
 

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mtm: Thanks for the info and the excellent sequence pix. I'll admit I'm still completely confused about what can and can't be done on the '03 I own. The distance my forks pop out the top of the triple clamp on my bike seems MUCH lower than yours-hence nothing much to clip to when installing aftermarket bars? I looked at the motowheels clip-ons but they indicate they will fit the showa or marzoochi forks. I don't believe I have either.
Not to sound like an idiot here, but I'm still a little lost. ???
"The only difference with yours will be the mounts for the stock bar that are one piece with triple tree." ???
To mount to the confusion, I keep hearing '03 Monsters (620's at least) are the only ones that won't take 'above the triple clamp' clip-ons...thanks for you help.
 

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I see... so your forks do not protrude at all from the tripple?

like this?



Then your only solution would be to go with under-the-triple mount clip-ons, unless you decide to pull the forks up about an inch...

Sorry, I didn't realise the 2003 620ie had forks flush with the triple...

By "stock bar mount" I meant the risers that are cast into your triple. On my bike these risers are removeable, on yours - they are one piece with the triple
 

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mtm: You got it. The forks barely come up, if anything at all really. Does this means I'm confined to 'under the clamp' mounting? Who makes these style clip-ons? How would you pull the forks up anyhow-just loosten the clamp? Is that something a joe like me can do?
This is starting to make some sense, but I'll admit I'm starting to feel like a real dummy :) Thanks again.
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You're messin' with me with that BIG pic file, aren't you? ;)

I have occasionally seen bikes on the showroom floor with forks flush with the top of the top tripple. I'm pretty sure I've seen at least one 750 that way.

The question is "why?"

The position of the fork can of course be changed and doing so is a standard part of suspension tuning. The odd thing is that the 620 is supposed have a lower seat height than the other models. The configuration shown, assuming the forks and springs are the same as other bikes, would raise the front of the bike. Unless the rear were raised to compensate, the result would be a stable, but less-responsive set-up.

Anybody know just what gives here. Can T33 drop his front end 20mm, giving enough room for above-the-tripple clip-ons?

How would that set-up differ from what we might consider the "standard" factory geometry?
 

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What he said.

Don: thanks. I think we're at the root of the problem here. If anyone knows what/how I can throw some clip-ons on this bike, I'd love to hear about it. The riding stance right now is very goofy.
 

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Ok.. listen carefully!

I HAVE an 03 so let me tell ya what you need to do. I have cycle cat clip-ons mounted ABOVE the triple. If you dont have enough room on the triple to mount them, then you need to losen the lower triple clamp and the upper clamp to raise the fork tubes up just enough to mount the clip-ons. Its really easy. You will need 2 people though just in case you go to low and need someone to help you lift the bike back up to where you need it. I have mounted them below and above without much difference in the feel of the bike. Mounting below with the cycle cats gives you a problem with the adjustment because they hit the headlight bracket. Good luck. If you need any more help........ PM me and maybe I could send you some pics.

On a side note... i have seen the forks setup different on pretty much every monster ive seen. I was wondering if thats somthing that gets setup by the dealer?
 
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We need a seperate room for 2002+ bikes. I have a 2002 750S the same problems have bothered me...

Several key mods have been made more dificult due to changes in manufacturing......For example what K&N Filter fits this bike? The K&N book lists a filter that isn't close to the right shape or size!

I jumped into the clip-on project after a friend dropped (knocked over) my bike the stock bars bent and dented the tank... purely a geometry thing. I decided on the CycleCat system including the spacers for the coffin style resivoirs.

I have the triple clamp off the bike and a friend of mine is going to mill down the risers for me. I'll post the finished job if it looks good.

I am having a new paint job applied to the bike....Aluminum with Black marbling... should be sweet when finished. Also painting the ABS rear end belt covers and sprocket cover....WoooHooo! I love carbon fiber but can't afford anything but used seconds!

The ABS clutch lever was also scratched so I decided rather than try and touch up the black I would just polish the levers...Looks like they are going to go turn out looking pretty good. I'll post pics of the finished project.

I have determined that it is reallly fun to customize a Monster at someone elses expense! LOL If you need to mod your bike just loan it to a clumsy friend that you know is good for the bill!
 

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Cycle Cat has fixed the problem with the head light support arch when mounting underneath the top triple. The problem didn't occur on the bike we tested there is that much difference between bikes. They moved the clamp all the way to the front of the band so there is now a ton of room. You can order either 1.5 inch rise or 2.5 rise or even .5 inch rise depending on what you want. They are also working on a new upper triple that better fits the later bike styling but it wont be out for a couple of months yet.
 

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I suspect that the difference in how much the forks protrude from the upper triple is purely dealer tech's preference. My friend and I bought our bikes from the same dealer (his is 900ie, mine is 750) and the forks protrude exactly the same amount. I've seen other 2000 750 and 900 setup differently )forks protruding more)

You can't see mine as they are covered by clip-ons, but they were exactly the same as on red bike

Don, let me know if you'd like more pictures, I have both bikes in my garage now and can take and post 30-40 pics for ya ;D

 
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