Advantages Great Handling Little Does look ok overall. Handles very well indeed.
Disadvantages Tempermental Electrics. Performance may not be what you expect.
Introduction:-When I had my Suzuki TL1000R written off following an accident a few years back I was after a fairly inexpensive bike as a stop gap to last me between motorcycles after I had to give back the hire bike that I had on my insurance, whilst I saved and added to my insurance pay-out so as I could get a new Suzuki Bandit 1250. I eventually ended up settling by chance on a Ducati Monster M600 that was offered to me at a fairly cheap price for a bike carrying the Ducati badge.
The Ducati Monster M600 has been in production and available in the UK since 1994 and the one that I owned was a 1997 model so is the last year of the early Monsters to be produced in its original guise with later models staying in production until 2001 and after this were produced with a bigger engine. As with all Ducati’s this bike is fashioned around the 90 degree V-twin engine which is pretty much a standard V-twin but laid on its front side to allow it to be a structurally integral part of the bike.
I paid the princely sum of just £800 for my Ducati as it had no tax or MOT at the time of purchase. However the 600 Monsters of around this age do tend to sell for more around the £1200 - £2000 mark for a good example depending on just how good the condition is and the mileage that they have covered. For the equivalent new Ducati Monster which now has a 696cc engine fitted prices tend to start at around £6500.
For an unfaired motorcycle the Monster is most definitely in a league of its own when it comes down to design and looks. The trellis work frame is different to any other bike on the market and allows the engine to be mounted at a 90 degree forward tilt. This may well sound like a pointless exercise but this then allows the engine to become the stressed member in the frame giving the look that the engine seems to be floating underneath the bike.With the café racer look, a very short wheelbase, large round front headlight, low handlebars and also very low seat height with very central positioning this bike definitely keeps up in the stakes of looks with competing models of bikes however does look quite small with only the little M600 V-twin engine hovering below the frame. The angular shapes of the tank blend in nicely with the lines of the frame, and sits very well on top of it, with the chunky upside down front forks, and large headlight this makes for quite a beefy looking front end when compared to the rest of this little 600cc machine.
The aluminium three spoke wheels give a nice minimalistic look and match in well with the styling of the rest of the bike. The clocks are also very minimalistic with literally just a speedo, and a warning light display panel, but unfortunately no rev counter which is an irritation as is something that would come as a distinct advantage on such a small engine V-Twin motorcycle when riding it to its limits. The exhausts are something that I also feel lets this bike down, with one either side they could very easily have been made to finish up nearer to the underneath of the seat rather than halfway down the bike which in my eyes ruins the otherwise clean lines of the bike.
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