Ducati Monster Matrix Running

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.

Ducati Monster Matrix Tank

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.

Ducati Monster Matrix Edition

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.

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The List #1 – Factories to Tour (Europe)

We have been lucky to tour several Car Factories and Museums in the US including; BMW, Mercedes, Panoz and Shelby.  A dream trip to Europe would include these factories and museums.  Until we make the trek across the Atlantic We will have to enjoy these virtual tours that can be found online.
  1. Ferrari Factory and Museum (Italy)
  2. Ducati Factory and Museum (Italy)
  3. BMW Factory, Welt and Museum (Germany)
  4. Porsche Factory and Museum (Germany)
  5. Mini Factory (England)

You can check out the US factories and museums we have visited at our Photo Gallery.

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AMVIV 2008

A Mini Vacation in Vegas, is in its fifth year.  This west coast event draws several hundred Minis to the desert in the early spring each year. This year we decided that it was well worth the couple hundred mile drive to see a large collection of Minis and have some fun in Sin City. The host hotel for the event was the Palace Station hotel/casino; the hotel even closed?the top couple of floors in the parking garage for reserved parking.

Palace Station

The organizers have mastered the planning and check-in process.  At check-in we were greeted by “Elvis-Cone”; I saw him at several events but have no idea how he got there.  I had visions of him crammed in the rear of a Mini with the hatch up or perhaps in a Clubman with the doors tied together with a piece of rope. There was no shortage of activities this weekend, driving schools, tours, dinners and vendors.

Elvis-Cone

We had plans to participate in a couple of the drives but a nasty cold awaited us on the 2nd day of the trip. We did the best we could but in the end we left a day early missing the big banquet on Saturday night.  The reservation materials included the routes for the drives–we may make the trip another time to hit the roads that we missed.

Money Shot

And now for the money shot, nothing dirty here just a $400 jackpot from a round of Bingo.  During the trip we hit the local Harley dealer and Ducati dealer with the thoughts that a big jackpot could get us both a new toy to take home. Alas, that was not to be. In the end the jackpot bought us a couple of small upgrades and a nice meal.

Visit to the Photo Gallery to see more photos from the event.

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