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    I need some guidance...

    Hello to all.
    I bought my first bike (2006 Ducati Monster 620 Dark) a few years ago and it has come time to make a tough decision; sell it and buy a brand new bike, or truly make it "MINE".... I moved from NJ to FL about a month ago and I can enjoy riding here all year long while in NJ only a few months.
    My Monster runs great, has new tires, battery, brakes, chain & sprocket, and is in general good condition. Main issue is, it's reaching its 12K mile service and it's a bit costly.
    I have never worked on anything mechanical, though my best friend is a mechanical engineer and can help greatly.
    I've read enough posts on here to know what to expect out of your responses (the unexpected), but I'm ready for it.... I want to learn anything I can with yours and my buddy's help.
    I know looks of the bike should not be the main thing, but mine already runs great; so looks, and attitude are next while staying within the limits of respecting the art which you guys love...


    Help me learn.

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    buy a manual for this bike if you dont have it, do the maintainance...
    look for a site that's specific for your bike ( if there is one!???).
    look for books written on your bike in particular,, see what others have done ..
    right now its funtional, so dont f' it up to build it as the latest fashion as it may not be rideable for a while (if ever ).. you need to ride it with each improvement.. you moved south to ride more!!!

    do your first upgrades with the maintanance components as they are replaced, such as any needed tires and brakes ..

    to a degree, higher performance bits could be bought such as mufflers and air filters..
    know that as you change anything, you may have to re-adjust the various ride settings of the suspension and with engine performance mods ,fuel mixtures... members here can steer you to specifics on that bike ..
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    Anything is doable if your wallet is big enough:

    Red Max Speed Shop Ducati Monster | Bike EXIF



    There was a company some years back that made a kit with a frame and all the fairing bits to replicate the 900ss Bevel but I don't think they're around anymore.

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    Baines Racing is still going, but they stopped making the 900ss kits some time ago.
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    That's the one I was thinking of. Cheers steveo.

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    If you think you can change the belts or adjust the Desmo valve gear yourself, well you can't. Get a pro to do it.

    Just maintaining a bike like your Ducati is often enough of a challenge, the " making it mine " stuff needs to be done after that.

    Danger, is my business."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Witworth View Post
    If you think you can change the belts or adjust the Desmo valve gear yourself, well you can't.

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    hillsy's mug shot:

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    Well it's actually a cup shot, but when he grows up he'll be a mug.

    Danger, is my business."

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillsy View Post
    Anything is doable if your wallet is big enough:

    Red Max Speed Shop Ducati Monster | Bike EXIF



    There was a company some years back that made a kit with a frame and all the fairing bits to replicate the 900ss Bevel but I don't think they're around anymore.
    Love the color.

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    I like the model of bike you have and there's nothing wrong with making it your own. In fact........most of the advice here is:

    "Get a bike, ride it for awhile, do the maintenance on it and learn........then do the things to improve it and make it your own"

    Looks like you've made the correct initial choices...........just don't jack up your bikes performance for the sake of fashion. With your friends help and your attendance at YTU and GU (youtube university and Google university) and folks here......you be fine.

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