The Ducati Monster Turns 20 Years Old

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Ducati Monster 750

The Ducati Monster Turns 20 The that ate Bologna!

Photographer. Allen

They raised me back there in the Midwestern but parochial school was too expensive, so Saturday morning, it was off to catechism While the other kids cartoons on all three channels, I about the wages of sin and memorized all popular prayers, motivated by the that failure would to the fiery pit for eternity. Warm be good, at least.

My dad had a preference for Motors vehicles; the strain of the starter motor working those winter mornings added to the dread as our AMC delivered us evil through the dirty The school building was as cold as Ann exercise bike, drafty and ever changed the urinal

The girls were maturing and seemed even angrier losing their Saturdays; puberty hung in the air and had the nuns on 1 constantly, rulers poised. not here to have fun, in this vale of tears.

Those are for people who don’t to wait in line to greet Inspired by the church, then by Bob Dylan, I joined the Army. It to send me to California. How could I

I’d never seen a Ducati in the ’til I got to Monterey (an ’81 Pantah and I never rode one ’til 10 later. The 900SS wasn’t cruel in its intended habitat, but as ground transportation in the SoCal rat was not really its mission. Running through mountain passes was its thing, a weekend toy for the wealthy The same was true of the 851: would complain; temperatures rise when you got stuck in

During those times, spent penitent and/or in served you well. Embrace the A familiarity with sacrifice was preparation for Ducati ownership (or in my case). In fact, all serious were like that.

Fiery performance required a … and the kind of firm you got from forced marches.

I’m not what happened, but a few years in the sunshine purged a lot of dank from my soul. The sap was rising in the ’90s; Mr. Gorbachev did tear the Wall, and the economy was booming. We all snapping up condos, getting and breeding, eating and drinking I wore tortoise-shell Wayfarers to off the glare of my bright future.

Ducati launched the Monster in ’93 at right), it was a shocker that, in made perfect sense and hit the right on the head: Have we not at last suffered enough? are we atoning for anyway? This had all the flair and performance of a 900SS, but it make you crawl on your and grovel like every Ducati we’d ever

It was red and definitely Italian but stupidly and fun to ride anywhere, thanks to the substitution of a simple handlebar Ducati had always affixed low before. Now, you could sit up and traffic in the eye and dare it to flatten (Just kidding, traffic!) our God wasn’t all that vengeful all?

Other practical sporty of the time included the highly (but really good) 750, enclosed in the bold of those years. Boldly Honda ’s CB1000 was a good but it was 100 pounds heavier than the The Monster threw Cycle into a tizzy.

Where it fit? Is it a cruiser? One motorcycle blew up a few of our beloved boxes.

kind of a blur, but I partied a few with guys who looked Jesus and decided the fiery pit was made up to scare people never been married. Why we not remove our fairings and do what good if it doesn’t harm Now that Ducati had knocked the door, here came with the Speed Triple.

Ducati Monster 750
Ducati Monster 750

Suddenly, the Japanese stranglehold was and Euro trash was taking the neighborhood. Soon, we were in Bonnevilles and Streetfighters, KTM Dukes is there no Duchess?), and Brutales—and the S1000RR BMW’s about to could be good, too.

We know it at the time, and neither did but the Monster, as you’ve no doubt heard, would be the bike finally made Ducati a company instead of a wheezy institution on perpetual life Did the Monster revitalize the European indus­try? That might be a but only a small one. it first appeared at the Cologne in ’92, Ducati had planned to just 1,000 bikes.

Its was so positive that the company to build 5,000. In the ensuing two Ducati says it’s more than 250,000

Later and all too predictably came the and the economic collapse. I lost it all in tasteful do-rags and suspenderless technology for BMW riders, but the Monster had at taught me that a second act is possible. Twenty years on, 20th Anniversary Edition isn’t much more than the $8,950 original and it does pack even performance. But, and excuse me for it, it’s showing its age—maybe a too much Botox.

There’s Ducati that puts a in my step now. Cycle ’s pick for Best Middleweight for the past two years running, own 848 Streetfighter . makes 132 horses, is as torquey down low, is comfortable, rides and handles and looks as fresh as the original did. And though it’s got valves instead of four, says they only to be inspected every 15,000 instead of every 7,500.

Meanwhile, we’ve seen the spy of the new liquid-cooled Monster and are reserving The Panigale’s doing okay but not in the showroom, but it’s found no in World Superbike racing. of no success, don’t even ask Ducati’s MotoGP team.

So, no new Monster, and happy birthday!

to believe that 20 years passed since the original of 1993. Or since Burns Chandler in “Monster Story ,” a feature from our October that year.

Ducati Monster 750
Ducati Monster 750
Ducati Monster 750
Ducati Monster 750


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