The Monster debuted in 1993 and it was an instant classic, even though the initial idea was basically a parts-bin special. It was designed by Miguel Galluzzi, who said “in the mind of a motorcyclist, you need a gas tank, a seat and a motor.” And that’s pretty much all he included.
Per this excellent buying guide, when Miguel showed design prototypes to management, they said “are you bringing the rest of the motorcycle later on?” Hindsight has proven Miguel to be a wise man, as the Monster is the best-selling Ducati model of all time. The original was the M900, a 2-valve air/oil cooled V-Twin with carbs. It was also offered in 600 and 750 variants, but the 900 was (and still is) the one you want.
This example (VIN: ZDM1RC4N9SB006232) has been in the seller’s family for 12 years, and it has 6,544 miles (he got it with 2k on it). It’s in impressively original question – the only mods are Termi slipons, Ohlins steering damper, K&N air filter, and a Ducati vented clutch cover. Recent maintenance includes rebuilt forks, new tires, and a spare set of belts for the next time they get changed. I like this one (and I love how it looks compared to the new model) – I even put a bid in earlier but I figured I better share this one with you instead!
Find this Monster for sale in Santa Fe, New Mexico with bidding up to $3,850 and the reserve already met here on eBay.