Our latest: Ducati Monster 659
Author: Ellaspede Date Posted:31 July 2019
When launched in 2011 the Ducati 659 was one of the top 3 selling learner approved bikes in Australia. It seems that the lofty price wasn’t deterring new or younger riders from wanting a bike that clearly wasn’t built to a budget like many of the other LAMS offerings. Owner Andrew was in the same boat, so the 659 was an ideal bike for someone on a restricted licence who was looking for unrestricted quality and Italian appeal.
It just so happens that Andrew’s 2012 model was also a Valentino Rossi special addition adorned with his signature fluro yellow 46 number. For a moment the signature Rossi livery was considered, but with Valentino going back to Yamaha in 2013 and the affordable abundance of 659 Rossi panels popping up online it was decided to keep the colours classic Ducati for this custom build.
Although the 659 ticked most boxes for Andrew, it lacked a little of the ‘hyper aggressive’ style that the bigger Monsters and Panigale range were renowned for. The suspension, brakes and handling were already inline with his expectations, but it was the aggressive aesthetic and sound that was left wanting.
Photos by AJ Moller Photography