Thursday, May 8, 2008

2008 Ducati Monster 695

So I've been trying to resist posting about this but I just can't hold back any longer. We are the proud owners of a red 2008 Ducati Monster 695 as of last Saturday! Known as the Ferrari of motorcycles, the Monster is a beauty to behold. It's naked look is unique to Ducati's and its engine purrs like a newborn kitten.

Some specs:
  • motor 695 cc L-twin engine
  • power 53.7 kW/73 HP @8500 rpm
  • torque 45 lb-ft - 6.2 kgm @6750 rpm
  • front suspension Marzocchi 43 mm upside down fork
  • dry weight of 370 lbs
A bit of background info, I have always wanted to drive a motorcycle for as long as I can remember and it's finally coming true! I've had the opportunity to drive the bike around the block (mind you I didn't leave first gear as I have never driven a bike before and wanted to get used to the controls) as well as Prairieland parking lot (where I did drive in second gear) before I got kicked out. Just to calm everyone down, I do have my learner's and am also enrolled in the Saskatoon Motorcycle Safety Course which starts next week. Thanks to all those that have helped me thus far, you know who you are :-) I was hoping to refrain from posting as I wanted to post pics of me actually driving the bike but I don't have the patience for it. So without further ado, here are some pics:

Disclaimer: The bottom RIGHT picture will never happen as I would rather drive the bike than be a passenger :P


Unknown said...

your new bike looks hot. i especially love the pic with john as the looks hilarious! you guys are gonna want to have separate bikes or you'll end up arguing over who is driving and who is the passenger! i think you guys need to do a road bc!

Anonymous said...

Don't know how I ended up here, but I just wanted to say you're going to love the bike! I bought the '07 M695 (black w/red trellis) last makes everyday, the best day!

But, I'm pretty sure the '08 is a 696, and has a design that I don't care for as much as the '07's....either way, nice bike!

Anonymous said...

I just bought the same exact bike! It'll be delivered Tuesday. I'm sooo excited!! :D

James said...

Rebecca, how are you liking the bike? All I can say is that I am absolutely loving ours and am pretty pleased we went with a Ducati over a Boulevard cruiser that I initially wanted.