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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-27-2012, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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Hi guys little back round on me, my name is Mike.

Rode a Yamaha Vino 125 scooter for 5 years.

Sold it.

Purchased a 2009 Ninja 250r.

after 5 years with this bike I am looking forward to purchasing a Ducati Monster 796.

Had a turbocharged focus, sold it. Getting married in 3 months so I changed my name from Focus Mike to Lock Down Mike, because I will be in lock down soon. My soon to be wife is real cool about motorcycles. She would like to purchase a small cruiser based bike or I will have a friend lower my Ninja about 1 inch. She is short at only 5'2 it's not easy for her to find a bike that will fit her.

I live very close to Park Ridge, Harwood Heights, and Norridge area. Be neat if there were some Ducatista's on this site.

Look forward to posting more stuff. Thanks for the invite Scout67!
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-27-2012, 10:03 PM
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Welcome , I have a Monster .
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post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-27-2012, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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I envy you, You in Glen View?

I work out at that Xsport in niles. One of the guys there has an 848 Stealth and a 1098. SEXY!

How is your maintenance on it? Is it reliable, year model ect ect. Do you feel that the power is good, or would you have liked something more powerful?

I think the monster is a nice city bike and they are comfy to sit on. I like the fact they weigh in just like my 250r but with almost 3 times the power.


Is Kegger "Craig"? If so it's crazy how small of a world this is...

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I have a S4R , I am sure the power is fine , its a 996 motor . The bike has about 100 miles on it .If I dont sell it , I will ride it this season .I have owned a few Duc's , and find them to be reliable . They need a belt service and valve check every 7500 miles , other than that , the parts are a little pricier compared to the Jap bikes . I like the upright seating position , I just cant ride sportbikes anymore . I have taller bars on it to make more comfortable .

And yes , Kegger is Craig.
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post #6 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-28-2012, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
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I sent Kegger a PM. That is great news! I'm his nephew by the way (inside joke) That man is a good one. Does he have a Bike?

He's had some cool toys in the past, but I never knew him to have a bike. This is such a small world.

Correct me if I'm wrong but don't the newer Duc's have the belt eliminated? How much is the said service? You only have 100 miles total on the bike? Where are you located? How much would you sell the Monster for? I'm just curious. You can send me a PM. As I stated in my original post I'm getting married in 3 months but the bike bug is biting hard. Ever since my Sunday cruise. I do really enjoy my lil 250 though.
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Kegger rides an old , clapped out Gixxer , last I heard . We dont judge.

The newest sport bike , the Panigale , is chain driven , but maybe some of the others also . The service at the dealer is about $750 . You can find plenty of 620 and 750's in the 2500-4000 range , they will be a better fit for you , coming off a 250cc bike .
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Zing on Craig lol. The specs on the s4r are redonk. A bike is only as dangerous as you let it be. I rode my cousins gsx 600 no problem but I have wised up at almost 29 years old. Which ever bike I pick next I plan on keeping for approx 10 years. I don't like buy/sell game.
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This place is no invite necessary, come as you are. Welcome.

When you mentioned about lowering your 250, I thought I'd suggest this site due to the helpful peeps here. Also because you mentioned for your SO, I knew this place would be helpful for her. Get her, her own screen name and contact the "Ladies Forum" for membership. I'll bet they will have a bunch of suggestions and helpful comments for dealing with an un-lowered bike. Learning to cope with an un-lowered bike may be the best thing she could do.



p.s. Sorry Kegger, if I'd have known....well...

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Be neat if there were some Ducatista's on this site.
There are several of us Ducati riders. We meet most Sundays at Full Moon in Lake Forest on Rt 41.

Hope to see you there.

2 of us are on S4's, and 1 on a Streetfighter.

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Welcome

A ton of good folks on here, weed through the fuktards and enjoy.

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welcome aboard Mike!

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post #15 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-28-2012, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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Lake Bluff is where Full Moon is. It's a bit of a hike, perhaps one day in the summer I will take a little road trip.

Scout thanks for the "mention" then LOL.


I'll be honest I've cruised with some random groups last summer and once we got to open roads people just started acting a fool. I don't like that type of attention.

My Ninja 250 isn't capable of 160 mph cruising speeds.

Since I have 15 posts now (that didn't take long) I can post some pics in threads here.


That's my bike, it doesn't have 20's on it but I keep it clean!

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Welcome, if you didn't know Kegger was into bikes it's either a different guy or you haven't seen him in a million years.

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It's been probably 3 years maybe, time fly's. I knew him when he had the Cobra, then he purchased the Cobalt SS. After that I haven't heard from him in a bit. We used to watch Fedor fight. Craig is an extremely easy going guy. He cooks up mean eggs, and I made a wicked chili dip that got devoured in approximately 30 seconds or less. He hosted an awesome beer party where everyone was to bring in your favorite specialty beer. Then you couldn't drink it and you would try other peoples favorite beer. Awesome concept, professionally executed. Is he an active user here?

I noticed 16G Kid is on here too. That little azn is crazy! MARKUS! Interesting fact you may not know about Mark... He has a big head so it's really hard to knock him out. LOL If he seen this thread he would know what I'm talking about. That man reeks of energy. So far I am really digging this web site. Thanks for the warm welcome.
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Kegger is a crusty old dude that drives a Tahoe and rides a clapped out bidder he bough during the first bush administration.

/braying noises

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Welcome. I'm not too far from Hardon Heights and Norridge and Park Ridge myself. Watch out for the cops in Hardon Heights if you don't already know that. They pull people over for going a mile or two over the limit.

Lots of folks joke that people that buy Ducati's ride them to the coffee shop and back. Now I'm not one to think that but many follks do think that. If you think the full moon is far then it sounds like you will be fitting that Ducati sterotype just fine.
The Full moon isn't far at all. On Sunday mornings its not even a 1/2 hour ride once you are on the Edens/41. I go up there several times a year. Not a lot of traffic on Sunday mornings on the Edens. You could also take 294 north to get there.
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post #20 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-28-2012, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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I really only go downtown to visit my Fiancee. I don't use the highway system much. Not that I'm afraid to use it, I just typically don't have a reason too. If you are going to go hang out with the guys and know your way there I wouldn't mind meeting up with you and following.

I'm having doubts about the Ducati idea, people bash them it seems. I love the way it looks and how I fit on the bike. Other possibilities may include the Yamaha FZ6 or FZ8. At the end of the day I will purchase what I feel I like best. When the time comes I will be shelling out approximately 10k dollars for something I wish too keep for a long time. Maybe less money if I pick a Jap bike. They aren't that much cheaper though, and they are every bit as competitive if not more so. Ducati is a prestige brand, but do have great quality components on them, and great fit and finish vs the Jap bikes that I've sat on.
Anything with a low seat height would be good as long as it had moderate power. My Ninja has absolutely ZERO problems keeping speed on the highway as long as people aren't flying. It's a good bike even though people bash those for being "Girl" bikes. It's and awesome beginner bike and I've learned a lot of good things from it. The Ninja 650R wouldn't be a bad choice either. I like Kawasaki and Yamaha for the Jap bikes. Cops are pretty rough around my area. I knock on wood haven't had any issues with LEO in the past 8 years of commuting on a motorcycle.

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When the weather gets better and I'm heading up there I'll let you know. Ducati's are nice bikes. It really depends what you want to use the bike for. I like bikes with farings and most of the current Ducati models are a bit extreme with ergo's for me.

Yes the LEO's in the Norridge, Harwood (people around here call it Hard on) Heights and Park Ridge do write tickets. Chicago is not too bad except that they are putting up camera's everywhere. Chicago cops will typically leave you alone unless you start acting the fool.
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Kegger is a crusty old dude that drives a Tahoe and rides a clapped out bidder he bough during the first bush administration.

/braying noises
lol! Sorry Mike, wrong Kegger. The only nephew I have thinks I am a ventriloquist. I always put my fingers up his ass and told him not to say a word.

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My Ninja 250 isn't capable of 160 mph cruising speeds!
when i had my 08 250, i clipped 115+ mph a few times...it took about 20 minutes, a cup of coffee and you coudnt possibly tuck anymore...but it happened! haha

good choice of bike.
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