Ducati Monster 695 2007
by Ms Victoria Clarke
Versatile, forgiving engine and gearbox. Plenty of poke (I've ridden mine to 126mph and not reached full-throttle) Smart, sexy and mean-looking naked street-fighter. The upright stance, wide bars and very low seat make this easy to maneuver and lovely in corners. Soon builds confidence. This is my first bike for 20 years and I love it to bits, though I am saving for louder cans!
2011 Ducati Diavel
by Diavel girl
By far the best bike I have ever ridden. Two thousand miles in less than a month and I couldn't be any happier. Seat height at 30.3 with a weight of about 490 lbs it listed as a cruiser but only in name. The bike is truly amazing. It is comfortable to ride and doesn't chafe the bad areas. I give it an eleven out of ten.
2006 Ducati M620
2006 Ducati M620
LOVE LOVE LOVE my bike. It's super fun, super fast and super nimble. It's a great fit and after I put a Sargent saddle on it, I can ride it all day with no butt fatigue.
BMW R65 1986
Betty with daisys
I don't actually own a motorcycle any more, but my fiancee owns 4 that I ride (all BMW: 1986 R65, 1995 R100RT classic, 1982 R100RT w/ sidecar, 2003 R1150R). In fact, he bought the R65 just for my use, and the R100RT classic is mostly mine, too. They each have their own personality, and are better for some types of riding than for others.
Betty, the R65 shown here, is my favorite both for around town (commuting & shopping) and non-highway long-distance travel. She's peppy, responsive, fairly light (handles nicely), and is a comfortable height (I don't feel like I'm scrunched or on tiptoe). She has no problem carrying both of us, and together we weigh about as much as she does.
She likes higher RPM, and is happy running at mumblety MPH (a safe and reasonable speed which usually happens to be slightly above the posted speed limit) for long distances at 5000-5500 RPM (which is nowhere near redline). If I'm not being a knob & doing jackrabbit acceleration, she gets close to 50mpg.
Betty is an airhead (air-cooled), and I'm slowly learning to do maintenance. In fact, Karl says that if she's what I want as a wedding present / dowry, I have to learn to do all the maintenance... or get a great-paying job so I can pay the shop to do it!
The only thing that really throws me is crosswinds. She's light enough that sometimes I need the whole lane. For long-distance highway stints, I prefer the R100 or R1150. Travelling together, we often take the sidecar so one of us can drive while the other rests or sleeps.
2006 Ducati Monster Dark
by Heather (Raven) Smith
(Diamond Bar ,California)
The DARKTHING aka
My name is (Raven)aka Heather Smith and my "Baby Duc" aka "Dark Thing" is a 2006 Ducati Monster Dark i.e. special edition matte silver with matte black triple racing stripes and classic decals.
I haven't put any carbon fiber pipes on it like everyone does because it makes it even louder. I really don't want to be obnoxious to my neighbors. A Ducati has already a gutteral rumble that carries far.
I love to ride it, but I am still nervous about other drivers carelessness around my part of town and my dark attire and paint combo on my Duc makes me limited to local riding in daylight. I also am not as comfortable on it when it is full of gas because of the classic cafe style's high center of gravity. I feel as if I have a bit less balance control over the tighter turns and less control when the freeway rain grooves take your tires for a squirrely ride.
The ride on a monster is comfortable at a moderately short distance, 30-miles or so at once, but any further (without plenty of breaking-in of the back muscles) will leave you tired with back and trapezium tension or simply in pain. I also tend to shift in the seat after about 15 minutes of riding because of the way the seat is designed -leaning forward on soft lady parts. (how do GUYS do it?)
I think that if my husband gets into riding too, then I'll keep the baby duc a garage trophy toy for fun and show and purchase a pair of low center of gravity cruisers and pull some lounge rides on the weekends up the Cali coast with my love.
Kudos to all lady riders. Thanks for being cool.
2001 Ducati Monster 600
Great power and looks good!