Reader restoration: Ducati Monster 600
A ride on a Ducati X-diavel inspired Andrew Stott to radicalize a ratty Monster 600. Here’s the result
Yellow (mainly) with a few touches of Toyota and Nissan shades. Tidy
MANY MIDDLE age dreams are the result of an unfulfilled youth.the bike we never had in our teenage years. Or the one we had... but let go too soon...
But few such machines are reinvented with such craft and economy asandrew Stott’s immaculate and ingenious ’97 Monster 600.
Bought as a malfunctioning mess last September, the 36-year-old’s Ducati has not only been restored it’s been updated and improved into his personal vision of Bologna brilliance – and all for budget money.
“I grew up revering Ducatis,” the electrical engineer told PS from his home near Pontypridd. “Then, when I started working as a Ducati mechanic, my love grew. I always fancied a Monster but being 17 there wasn’t much chance of it.”
Instead he turned to dirt bikes then, after gaining a road licence, a succession of SV650S each sacrificed by the arrival of babies. Finally he went after his dream.
“I started looking for a Monster as I’d always wanted one,” he told us. “But it had to be yellow. I’ve always loved the yellow ones. I loved yellow Ferraris and yellow Ducatis so it had to be a yellow Monster. I also wanted the older one, with the earlier Ducati logo on the tank...”
Unusually, however, size didn’t matter. “It didn’t have to be a 600,” says Andrew. “I would have had anything. But finding a yellow one is a nightmare.”
After twice missing out on one, a mate spotted this one last September near Oldham.andrew went for a look.
“The ingredients were all there but it was rough,” he recalls. “I think it’d been dropped and it wasn’t running right at all.”
Not that it prevented him from buying it. Back homeandrew discovered the valve clearances were out, there was barely any compression, it was leaking oil and the inlet rubbers wereawol.the battery was leaking, too, which resulted in paint being dissolved