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A true Monster Tobbe's track day tool

The Ducati Monster was something of a trendsetter when it re-invented the naked sports bike category in the early 90�s. Based on the Ducati superbikes, the 851 and the 888, the Monster was a revelation to ride. However, Ducati cut a few corners when designing this bike, to make it easier to ride and service for the average motorcyclist. It was never intended for outright track racing, even though there was a Monster racing series in Italy (of course). So, when Tobbe - a fanatic from the Swedish Ducati Club - decided to prepare his Monster for track days, he �un-cut� those compromising corners� and then some.

The first Monsters, up until the new frame in the late 90�s, is well known for their �monster wiggle�. The back shock isn�t up to the job of inspired riding and the front fork has no adjustment. To allow for a proper air box Ducati also cut off a couple of frame tubes, as compared to the 888, not improving the overall stability of the Monster model.

On Tobbe's Monster (M900 -95) those frame tubes have been welded back on to the frame, combined with other frame bracing. The rear end is completely swapped for more rigid items: a JMC swingarm, CNC�ed suspension linkage and a custom made fully adjustable Ohlins shock absorber. The rear brake system is also re-designed for more controlled operations.

At the front the fork legs have been swapped for fully adjustable and more stable Ducati 996 items, kitted with Ohlins springs and oil. A set of custom made ISR racing triple clamps, reducing flex to a minimum and improving the feel for the front suspension, holds the new fork legs in place.

Tobbe has also replaced the wheels for Honda CBR rims, going down to a 5� rear with a 160/60 tire to improve the �flickability� of the Monster. �I wanted to go with magnesium rims, but I sort of ran out of money�, Tobbe says.

In line with the �no compromise� kind of attitude this modern caf� racer is equipped with top of the line ISR brakes in front - A huge set of fully floating cast iron discs with a pair of 6-piston racing calipers. Tobbe admits: �the bike has actually got a bit too much braking power as it is. I�m looking forward to try the new adjustable ISR radial M/C to be able to play around with the brutal stopping force I have now.�

Tobbe is riding the Monster on the street too, although with all unnecessary parts removed he�s trying to stay clear of the known police hot spots. �I love to go out on the B-roads and try to find as many corners as possible during my rides. This bike is a keeper for sure�, Tobbe says with a smile. We understand him; you should never sell a Monster this mean� It would hunt you down and kill you.

  Related links: - Tobbe's Ducati homepage
The track - a home away from home

Resting in pit lane

No OEM parts, except for tail light and saddle

Stripped to the essentials

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