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Is there any place that would document the changes the Monster has gone through since its beginning? Like a list of changes and improvements year by year.

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No, but we could start one. Maybe even with this thread.

I would suggest that people post what they know and you merge their findings into your initial post listing the changes by year. Posting wrong information usually gets quicker answers to straighten things out than posting the correct information for some reason. ;)

I'll start:
1997 was the last year with the old, good looking, Cagiva font on the tank. It said Ducati in big letters, silver with gold edges, and Monster underneath in black (red on the black ones). It was the first year of the M750 in the USA, which was only available in silver that year.

1998 was the first year of plastic side panels instead of the nicer looking carbon fiber. The tank only said Ducati on it, in the same font they use today, which has less character.

1994-96 had no cowl on the bars, although apparently a few 96 models came with them. The cowl was standard on the 1997 M900.

1994 and 1995 had a choke knob up near the triple clamp somewhere. 1996 and onward had a bar mounted choke rotating around the handlebar and activated with the left thumb.

1997 had small valve heads on the M900, which was apparently the only year they did that. It have more midrange power, but less top end.

2000 was the first year of a fuel injected engine for the M900.
 

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From what I have been able to gather, these are some of the changes on the M750.

1999 "Dark" 750 introduced.
2000 New speedometer font/print.
2001 Tach, new seat, dual front brake discs.
2002 Fuel Injection
2003 750cc increased to 800cc.
 
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Well to try and hit stuff that hasn't been hit:
'03 Models changed to 620, 800, and 1000. 620 5 speed, wet clutch; 800 6 speed, wet clutch; 1000 6 speed, dry clutch
'04 S4R introduced
'04 620 is given a 6 speed and a slipper clutch
 

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monster s4 introduced 2001 using the ST frame (i think, please correct this if i'm wrong).

switch to the ST frame in 2002 for the rest of the U.S. monsters.

tach standard on all U.S. monstersin 2001
 

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ITALIAN BIKE No 2 Sept/Oct 2002 has a two page spread covering 1994 thru 2002. If someone with a scanner will PM me I will mail it to you. Just needs to be returned.

Rick
 
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Anyone got a definitive answer on which years/displacements have dry clutches?
 
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