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Just got a 620 Dark to commute with two weeks ago. My first bike was a Monza 250 back in 1967, so I have a soft spot for the marque. Since I got rid of my last car twenty-two months ago I've been riding about 2100 miles a month on the other bikes ('02 KLR 650, '02 VFR800) so I wanted something inexpensive, durable, mostly pretty, to ride to work and around town to save wear and tear on the long distance workhorses.

Couldn't leave well enough alone though, so the tail's bobbed to the seat, stickers and logos removed, a couple of LS bar-ends on order and I'll eventually get a 2-into-1 megaphone, open the airbox, re-map, etc.

Gotta tell you, the seat's bad, but those I've talked to suggest the Sargent rather than Corbin (Got those on the other two). So a seat's on the list as well.

Bikes are money pits. But I guess everyone here already knows that.

So I'm just checking in to say, "Hi!"

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Hey Don,
Welcome to the board. As for commuting, I use my monster for commuting, some weekend zipping around, and the occasional touring. If you're scraping your pegs, you might want to check the sag on the rear shock. Most Ducati are set up for 150# Italian guys, so there may be a chance a bit more preload will cure your problem. Also, I'm not sure about your bike, but some of the earlier bikes have threaded heim joints attached to the hoop that supports the seat. You can unscrew these about a half inch to get more clearance.

As for being a geezer, no apologies needed. My first bike was a '75 CB360T and it was new. I think you'll find a more 'seasoned' crowd here than they typical bike forum. (Note that I *didn't* say 'mature'.)

Lastly, I checked out your site, and I daresay your commute gets you to a more interesting job than most of us. Hope you include some Monsters in your work. ;)

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