Believe it or not I have never posted anything about my 2004 Ducati Monster Matrix edition.
As part of the Matrix Reloaded movie promotion, Ducati made a collection of 996′s and 620 Monster’s in green with special logos to coincide with an awesome motorcycle sequence in the movie. Over the years there has been a variety of articles that placed the number built of each style of bike at 100 to 150 in the world. Check out the clip below before you read on about the bike.
My wife bought the bike brand new in 2004 as a birthday surprise for me. I always liked the red and black Monsters but this seemed very unique and fit the bill. It is an emerald green paint finish with a Matrix inspired tank design. It is a real eye catcher. Over the years I have added a couple of carbon fiber bits, Ducati super-trap exhaust and more aggressive clip-ons but never messed with the paint.
In Phoenix, it was just too hot and dangerous to ride. I ran the bike but it was rarely driven anywhere except around the neighborhood. Since moving to Washington I decided to get it serviced and back in riding condition. I worked with Ducati of Bellevue to give it a complete inspection and a brand new set of tires. It is now ready to hit the streets and be ridden.
When I picked it up at the end of the day from the shop they were blown away by the bike. They had never even seen this model. They called the local reps and found out that less than 100 were ever built.
It’s hard to believe the bike will be 10 years old. I guess all those years ago I made a good birthday choice by picking such a unique bike that gathers attention anywhere it goes.
We decided that the Jeep Wrangler was not the car for us in Seattle. We started the process of getting a new car–always a fun exercise for those who like a challenge.
The short list of potential cars were:
- BMW X5 35d
- Porsche Cayenne Diesel
The choice was obvious, BMW. We searched the local Northwest dealers and landed on all of the features we wanted for the new car including color and options.
BMW of Seattle was the dealer that would give us the best deal on both the purchase price and the trade-in. They were easy to work with and find too–they have a Roundel on their roof.
We have been a fan of the Spartanburg built X5 from the beginning; it just took a few years to add one to the garage. We look forward to the adventures we will have in the new car.
We already have upgrades being planned and some places in mind for the winter season. Stay Tuned!
After 6 years in sunny and warm Phoenix we decided to move to cloudy and cool Seattle. The Pacific Northwest is a great place with seasons, rain and cool days. Of course, we moved here and the area promptly had the longest hottest dry spell in almost 100 years.
One of the first weekends I spent in Seattle I was able to catch the annual Puget Sound BMWCCA’s Concours event. This event featured numerous classic BMWs all in incredible shape (look for a post in the near future). The classic 3.0CSL below was one of just eight in the show. Yes, eight 3.0 CSLs in one location–a first for me in all of the years of doing car shows.
Many other older classic BMWs were in attendance at this amazing show. Have I wet your interest in that future post and photo gallery yet?
Another popular car spot in our area is the Triple XXX Drive-In. Every single weekend this place has a car show almost all year. Every visit was filled with new and different cars from Mini Coopers to 1960/1970 muscle cars and rat rods to choppers. This custom rat rod below was one of the most impressive. I also plan on a few posts and photo galleries from this car hangout also.
On a side note, we are thinking about getting another BMW after 13 years. Yes, Mini’s are technically BMWs but they don’t wear the Roundel. Stay Tuned to see if Seattle area dealers can come through…
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Sadly, Carroll Shelby passed away on May 10, 2012. He was an enigma. Chicken Farmer, Race Car Driver, Car Builder, Heart Transplant Survivor and creator of the most recognizable car body style in the world. Very few people have ever achieved the level of success he did in the automobile world.