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I impulse bought a 1993 Monster M900 because it was cheap and looks like it needs some love. Bonus because (of course) I looked at photographs only and chatted to the PO one time. Having said that it was $300 more than the electric pushbike I was going to buy.... so there's that.

The bike arrived the day before a nationwide lockdown was declared too so I haven't even ridden it. It does start on the button, and to an untrained ear it sounds OK. I have a list of stuff to do and things to fix, but I do enjoy a project.

This is the first Ducati I have ever owned so I am looking forward to learning more. My first step is getting a service manual. And ditching those crappy clipons (which are not doing any favours to the front end steering geometry. Just have to find some handlebar clamps.....

I have a bit of history with buying crappy old bikes and getting them running better though it is confined to old Hondas. I am looking forward to this plus it is spring here.

Anyway, hope you will bear with me when I ask a bunch of noob questions....
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Nice first year monster, hasn't even had "the chop".
That would probably be worth trying to restore to original.
 

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Nice first year monster, hasn't even had "the chop".
That would probably be worth trying to restore to original.
Cheers - havent decided yet. Going to get a baseline of all the deferred maintenance sorted. The problem with a resto is that it just turns into an absolute money pit. Having said that it apparently has only done 43000ks which I find hard to believe in near 30 years. the cosmetic finishes on the motor and the alloy are pretty bad and to do that properly it is a full strip back to castings, vapor blast and then reassemble.....$$$$. Early days though.
 

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slow progress, but I have some handlebar clamps and handlebars. That allows me to set the front forks correctly, and use my front headstock stand. I now have a rear paddock stand too (and some Abba stand adaptors on the way). That means I can start chipping away. I also have organised the engine service items and belts. I am actually going to pay a specialist mechanic to do that to get a decent baseline so he is doing the motor service, belts, shims and since he has it, the service as well. I dont like to but I am aware of my limitations (time, and ability) so that makes sense to me. I also have feelers out for some original mufflers because the Scorpion cans are pants. Currently looking at rear shock options.
 

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Awesome ride, welcome to the Asylum! Looking forward to seeing your progress.
 

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The "how it started" picture is at the top. This is the "how it's going" picture. Having said that, it is in bits as I have sourced a new old rear shock and that seems like the easiest way to change it. I also have a set of original cans to put on it and that completes all the jobs on the original list. The only job to do after that is sort the clutch out. By the feel and sound the basket has worn and the clutch rattles like crazy. Also it is not disengaging so there is some issue between the lever, master cylinder, hose and slave cylinder. This is also my first time using one of those Abba stands and I am very happy with it. Nice and secure, easy to operate (after viewing the youtube video.....) and stable. better than a paddock stand I think. I actually have a proper workbench with a front wheel chock but it is currently occupied with another bike......
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The "how it started" picture is at the top. This is the "how it's going" picture.


Six hours, damn you are fast. :D
Looks good in that last shot.
 
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