Ducati Monster 600
This was a good bike to move on to after the EL250, although I wouldn't really call it a beginner's bike because it has too many quirks. I fell in love with this beautiful beast the minute I saw it in the showroom. It was so smart, so sexy and so very Italian. It also had a low seat, and I could reach the ground very easily by my standards, which meant I could get the ball of my foot down on both sides.
- Fantastic sounding engine and exhausts
- sensational looks turns heads wherever you go - it is a beautiful piece of modern sculpture!
- loads of grunt
- good handling
- high ground clearance from low seat height.
Bad Points: Oh dear - there are simply too many of these!
- Electrics work when they feel like it, and certainly not in the rain.
- no fuel reserve, so you have to trust either the fuel warning light or the trip meter, neither of which were reliable on mine!
- speedo and generator both failed in a bike under 5000 miles
- carb icing until kit is fitted
- Brakes are underpowered for the bike - I needed to change to better pads but even so, not up to the job.
- THE SIDESTAND flicks up when you don't want it to, so it falls over in a strong wind. Hard to get the sidestand down while still on the bike.
- Everything made of alloy and very fragile, all parts expensive
- pillion seat a joke, nowhere to bungee luggage
- relatively underpowered for a 600 only 53bhp, both my 400 and 500 made more.
- dreadfully heavy clutch, very snatchy clutch, difficult in town because of a high first gear, tendency to stall during low speed manouevres, and if you try to rev it, the dry-plate clutch smokes
- top heavy, difficult for a small person to push around because of large tank in the way of the bars
- almost totally absent steering lock meaning 27 point turns are a reality
.......too many bad points to make up for the good.