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

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Contents - WORDS PHIL WEST PHO­TOG­RA­PHY STU­ART COLLINS

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

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