1998 Ducati Monster 900
“We don't need no stinking nickname!”
1998 Honda VTR 1000 F Super Hawk Red
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About “We don't need no stinking nickname!”
I had researched and shopped for a Monster for weeks before finding this one. I had to drive almost a 1000 miles to pick it up in Kansas City. I test rode it and it was more than I was expecting! After finalizing the purchase, I hop on the bike (my friends were in the truck) and start riding towards a restaurant for lunch. I'm not more than 3 blocks from his house, and right in front of a Harley dealer, when I get pulled over for not having a liscence plate. It's 15 minutes before he confirms I just bought the bike, it was already insured and everything was legal. We talked with the Harley guys and found out bikes get pulled over fairly often in that area. We also check a few Harley's out and they get to check out a Ducati. We get back on the road and continue to the restaurant. I'm maybe 4 miles down the road when I get pulled over again for not having a plate. Another 15 minutes later he verifies the same info the last guy did and lets us go. By now we're starving, so we load the bike in the truck and eat. After lunch we head back to Lincoln, NE where we were staying for the night. In the morning I unload the bike 'cause I was going to ride it a part of the way home. I ride it 4 blocks from the hotel to IHOP and just as I pull into the parking lot I get pulled over again!! This time it was for no helmet, who knew Nebraska had a helmet law? I explain where I came from, where I was going and that my helmet was in the truck just ahead of me and how I didn't know about this law and the jerk writes me a ticket anyway! What's worse is afterwards he tries to complement my bike!?! I'm happy to say I haven't been pulled over since, well, at least not on the bike!!!
About “My Superhawk”
My Superhawk. Not as fast and capable as today's hi-tech sport bikes but does OK for me. I love the fun of riding a V-twin. I rarely ride it around town. Most of my riding is done when I trailer the bike to Deal's Gap. I have also done a few track days at Barber Motorsports Park.
Specs for “We don't need no stinking nickname!”
The bike has a 904 cc L-twin. I say L instead of V because one of the cylinders is vertical and the other is horizontal.
Rated at about 70 bhp, and 60 ft-lbs. before the mods.
It might have the same hp and torque after mods at 7200'
The bike weighs about 400 lbs.
6- speed transmission
30- 33 inch seat height, depending on rear shock adjustment
With my skinny 175 lb butt on it, it still has 8.2 lbs per h.p.!!
Specs for “My Superhawk”
No specifications listed.
Factory Options for “We don't need no stinking nickname!”
Credited with starting the naked sport bike/ street fighter scene, Ducati brought it first with a whole lot of attitude!!!
Factory Options for “My Superhawk”
No factory options listed.
Mods for “We don't need no stinking nickname!”
Carbon fiber exhaust
Air Box delete with K&N cone filters
Showa fully adjustable front forks and adjustable rear shock
Frame mounted steering stabilizer
Bar end mirrors
Clear tail lens w/ integrated rear indicators
Custom front turn indicators
Color matched rear seat cowl
Removed wind screen, rear fender, chain guard and frame trim
LED underbody lights
Gel seat insert
Anodized gold Open clutch cover
Anodized gold Barnett pressure plate
Anodized black Barnett clutch basket and spring retainers
Stainless Barnett clutch springs
Speedy Moto open belt covers
Gold oil fill cap and alternator cover
Mods to come;
More black and gold parts
Strip everything possible from frame, smooth and powdercoat
Race style brake levers
Adjustable rear sets
Mods for “My Superhawk”
K&N air filter
Indigo Sports exhaust
Braided lines front and rear
1 tooth down on front sprocket
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