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My Monster Moment

Pulled in the garage and noticed this tonight.



Just got my bike today from my 600 mile break in. Brought service and sales crew 2 dozen donuts. They were real happy to see them LOL!

I'd like to talk about tunnel vision and what happened today but I don't think anyone would care about what happened on this site...

I am extremely enjoying my Monster. I'm scared though.
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600 mile service...on all of my ducs (ST3, Monster 620, and Sport classic 1000) I never did a 600 mile service, I changed the oil, checked it over and called it even. ST3 I picked up on a Thursday afternoon, my first new bike (I had be riding for 35 years) and stupidly brought it in on the following Monday with 1286 miles on it for the "600 mile service", which was just a really expensive oil change. FYI the ST3 is coming up to 70,000 miles and running strong

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600 mile service...
Exactly why people are "scared" to post shit up - Nice Rick....

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So , you mention something , but dont want to talk about it ?

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Let's talk about tunnel vision.....


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Rick I've always taken care of my stuff, not to say your wrong but I like to play by the books. Just kind of how I do things. As far as me not responding in a timely manner... I've been a lazy P.O.S today sleeping most of it way.


I was concerned that I'd get toasted but yesterday I believe I experienced tunnel vision. I've driven 10 second corvettes, I raced at Gingerman. I don't seem to have an issue with cars but this motorcycle of mine is a different experience I cannot clearly explain.

I rode a scooter for 4 years and a Ninja 250 for 3 or so this is my 8th season on two wheels and I've moved up the ladder very slowly.

So I got the bike serviced and the gentleman stated I could have some fun now. I explained that I broke it in very cautiously. I've always wanted a Monster since I can remember.

I accelerated and there was a surge of speed that hit me. In this moment it seemed like I couldn't think fast enough as to my surrounding. I was wondering if this is for lack of experience. I don't seem to have too much of a lack of confidence in turning my bike and my brain processes what's going on but straight line power it seemed to overwhelm me. I feel like perhaps I shouldn't be doing that. I almost had a car turn in front of me making a left. I also had a suburban cut me off and I stood on the brakes and looked for a way around the SUV. I was able to slow down in time, but I also had time to evade if I had to.

I really don't know what I'm trying to say other than in a nutshell I'm scared to go under full power. I like to ride a bit faster than moving traffic as I feel safer doing so. Not overly speeding though. Yesterday was just crazy. I haven't riden past 6K RMPS and really there is no need to since. I feel like the power is enough that there is no reason to go faster than that. Maybe I'm wrong I don't know.
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It's the number of factors you are dealing with ......

New acceleration territory
Traffic
Threats

Separate them to learn .......


Go find a long, straight empty farm road and try some gradual full throttle
Runs through the first couple gears with no distractions ...... You will adjust
Quickly to the bikes capability.


Riding fast in traffic is a great way to become a hood ornament.


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All completely normal man - I had the same thing happen to me the 1st time I pinned the Busa and felt that motor kick in - I have been in 700+HP 3500lbs cars before and never felt anything like the Bus

Like Blarney said - Go find a country road and practice slowly getting to know the bike and above all else, have fun, worry not what others say, take it at your pace and enjoy it

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Congrats. Yep, bikes are another animal. I remember my first bike, new 02 sv650. Boggled my mind compared to cars. And I could not even imagine people who had anything more than a 650, how do the handle the speed and think fast enough to tame them. 4 years later I got my 750, made the 650 seem so tame. Don't worry, you mind will adjust and before you know it you will get comfortable and be wanting more speed. I came full circle, I enjoy the hell out of my 675. After 10 years I have found that I enjoy smaller cc bikes that you can wring out more than a big bike that you got to baby. More fun to ride a slower bike fast than ride a fast bike slow. Slow being a very relative term, mid to upper 2 second 0-60's. Haha....

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I remember stepping up from a 600 to a liter. I almost scared myself to death...Literally. Take your time, a month or so of riding and you'll be used to it. Good luck and have fun.

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Thanks for the insight folks. I appreciate it. I'll play with the bike when I feel comfortable and slowly at that. I probably sound like the biggest pussy! LOL

I forgot who told me but one of my friends said something like "it's okay to be scared it means your smart" now my cousin on the other hand with his giggy launching the bike at 9k Rpm's. Well, he's a different type of person. God watches over that guy.

It boggles my mind just to think that my bike is actually a slow dog compared to other bikes out there. It's just WOW. I'm sure one day I may move up in power but it's going to be a while.

It would be so nice if there were some open roads around here, and some curvy ones would be nice too.
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Thanks for the insight folks. I appreciate it. I'll play with the bike when I feel comfortable and slowly at that. I probably sound like the biggest pussy! LOL

I forgot who told me but one of my friends said something like "it's okay to be scared it means your smart" now my cousin on the other hand with his giggy launching the bike at 9k Rpm's. Well, he's a different type of person. God watches over that guy.

It boggles my mind just to think that my bike is actually a slow dog compared to other bikes out there. It's just WOW. I'm sure one day I may move up in power but it's going to be a while.

It would be so nice if there were some open roads around here, and some curvy ones would be nice too.
Get a good feel for it by taking it on the Flat 4.

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Where is said Flat 4?

You speaking of the motor design?
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You speaking of the motor design?
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Stan that's a 800 mile ride! YOU CRAZY!?

I don't have a FB account to read details.
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Stan that's a 800 mile ride! YOU CRAZY!?

I don't have a FB account to read details.
We all do it . Dont need a facebook account , just need to make time with your bike for a couple of days. There are a couple of groups that ride at a different pace . You will be fine .

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What is involved? Is this a track or just a nice roads and scenery?

Do you think 800 miles is doable on my bike. You own a somewhat similar bike which is why I am asking. My bike starts to suck after 1 hour of riding for me. I've never really ridden for more than 30 minutes on the highway. I should add next weekend I'm going to Twin Lakes for the weekend. I don't know how my wife would like me not being home for 2 weekends in a row LOL.

Jet skis, pontoon boats, booze, bikes, grilling for 2 weeks man that would be the good life.

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What is involved? Is this a track or just a nice roads and scenery?

Do you think 800 miles is doable on my bike. You own a somewhat similar bike which is why I am asking. My bike starts to suck after 1 hour of riding for me. I've never really ridden for more than 30 minutes on the highway.
These are roads with good twisties for the immediate area . I took my Monster on the last one , I have a stock seat and for me , it was fine. You might need to check ducatimonster.org to check for some performance seats. In general , when you get into the twisties , you are usually moving around a little .

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These are roads with good twisties for the immediate area . I took my Monster on the last one , I have a stock seat and for me , it was fine. You might need to check ducatimonster.org to check for some performance seats. In general , when you get into the twisties , you are usually moving around a little .

This sounds like a lot of fun. I'll look into it but I need to talk it over with my old lady. 2 weekends in a row of partying w/o her is guaranteed to have her shopping at the Burberry store again! She didn't seem all to thrilled about the whole Twin Lakes trip.
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I guessed about the driveway , wasn't sure about the dealer.

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