Du­cati Mon­ster 797

From tor­ren­tial down­pour to scorch­ing sun, our Mon­ster has been out and about

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THIS MONTH HAS been filled with a daugh­ter tem­po­rar­ily back from her trav­els with tales of ex­ot­ica and ad­ven­ture. But for me, stuck here in the home­land, my lit­tle bit of Ital­ian ex­ot­ica has taken me on quite a few small ad­ven­tures of my own.

The first of th­ese saw us caught in a true Rut­land County-style trop­i­cal storm, but de­spite this I had a great ride to the Aqua Park and then a long twisty ride home on greasy roads. The stan­dard tyres (Pirelli Di­ablo Rosso II) didn’t give me one bit of cause for con­cern and my rid­ing kit kept the del­uge out too.

A ride out to see the spe­cially painted knights in Lincoln was next and it proved to be one of the hottest days of the year, so well-suited to the Ital­ian. De­spite still not be­ing able to eas­ily find neu­tral on the Mon­ster with the en­gine run­ning, we coped pretty well in the heavy traf­fic around the city. The only over­heat­ing came from the rider. I think I man­aged to outdo Martin on his hunt for Bri­tain’s Best Bik­ing Burger too (Au­gust 2017 is­sue) see­ing as my ex­am­ple from the

SPEC DU­CATI MON­STER 797 £8035+ 803cc V-twin + 74bhp + 193kg + 16.5-litre tank + 805mm seat + Miles so far: 1395

Pi­mento Tea­rooms in Lincoln tasted ab­so­lutely de­li­cious and no an­i­mals were harmed in the mak­ing of it!

I was slightly dis­ap­pointed at the lack of in­ter­est in the Mon­ster at the Bos­ton Bike Night we vis­ited, but maybe it’s a bit too pretty for an event more suited to rock­ers and cus­toms. In this vein, I also ven­tured to Dirt Quake in Kings Lynn and saw the strange and whacky con­trap­tions on show. It is def­i­nitely well worth a visit next year – ide­ally fol­lowed by an ice cream at the coast, of course.

Over­all, it’s been a good month and we have more ad­ven­tures planned, in­clud­ing a week­end camp­ing in Wales – though af­ter my poor show­ing in last month’s lug­gage chal­lenge, I think I may just be sleep­ing un­der the stars in my bike kit… CAR­O­LINE BAR­RETT

Painted knights on the hottest day of the year was a great ride

Bos­ton Bike Night was un­painted but a good evening

The Mon­ster’s mir­rors are just about right

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