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Photos below thanks to Warren my riding buddy, thanks to Warren as well for going back to get my truck and trailer to pick up the pieces.

Ok this is what has happened in amongst the wild stories and news paper stories that are floating around.

Warren and his son Dillon and I went to Maka's for a usual lunchtime ride, fine day, bit cool but no clouds.

We arrived at Maka's no problem as usual, had a pie and hot choco with Dave who is the owner of the Makarora Country Cafe.

We left around 2.00 pm to come home and were 10 - 15 mins towards Wanaka, I came around a corner behind Warren up a small straight when the Monsta dropped a cylinder.

I pulled over to the side of the road knowing something was not quite right, put the stand down, started to climb off when flames erupted under the rear of the tank/front of the seat region at which point I shat myself completely, I ran from the bike a few metres, took off my helmet and gloves, grabbed my phone and NO SERVICE, I flagged down a car coming and scared the living daylights out of the poor lady, asked if she had a phone that worked but she did not, she drove me back up the hill at which point we got reception, we managed to get the Fire Service to know where we were, at that point a guy in a double cab Hilux came up and saw what was happening, ironically he was from the Makarora volunteer brigade, we quickly drove back down the hill to the bike to assess the danger, the bike was now engulfed in flames and burning furiously and their was nothing we could do.

He advised me to stay away from the bike as the fire service was on their way when BOOF, something let go and a pile of burning debris got scattered across the road and across onto the vegetation, at that point things started get very serious, the fireman grabbed my phone and went back up the hill to order a helicopter with a monsoon.

It soon became apparent that things were getting worse very quickly, the first chopper turned up did a quick reccy of the situation and ordered two more choppers.

They had then deployed Makarora Fire Station, Hawea Fire Station and Wanaka Fire Station.

At that point things were still worsening, the Fire Coms Centre called in DOC (Department Of Conservation), QLDC (Queenstown Lakes District Council), Lake Contract Services and Rural Fire Fighting from three Stations.

So it rapidly turned from a quiet highway into a war zone with three separate stations working with guys on the pumps, guys on the ground and guys filling the monsoon buckets and they closed the highway.

All of this time I could only sit back from the site in the Police car watching my baby disintegrate under a pile of flames and watch as a huge portion of the hill along approx 1.5 km of the highway went up in flames, rocks were falling onto the road and it not looking good at all.

I was sick twice with a horrible empty feeling just watching it unfold and being powerless to do a thing about it.

They have estimated 40 - 50 hectares have gone but today will reveal the damage.

It took over 5 hours with four appliances, three helicopters with monsoon buckets to contain it and it was still burning last night.

I am stuck for words and still shaking from this, another two seconds on the bike and I would have been toasted with it, it has scared the living shit out of me and I am struggling to understand what has gone wrong.

There was no warning or hint of anything being not right, we had been away to National Ducati Rally the week before and even rode a day with Warren Lee of NFI, the bike ran flawlessly as it has done for 22000km.

This has all come crashing down me and we have no reason other than a mechanical/electrical or fuel fault of some description, unfortunately the bike is so far gone that the Police have said even their experts probably could not determine the fault, the engine is intact and nothing has come out.

Guys, maybe work just checking your wires/fuel lines/connectors just to make sure there is no perished lines/cables/hose, chaffed lines/cable/hoses etc.

We are supposed to be getting the bike back from the Police today, I have advised my insurance company and sent pictures that we have, the Hawea Fire Service have a lot more as well so we will get them in time.

Monsta RIP


















 
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Re: My Blackest Day, Monsta Is Burnt Out And Written Off (Monstaman)

glad you are alright, very scarey having a bike catch fire, let alone the surrounding areas. that suuuuuucks. my friends bike caught fire in the middle of NYC and he luckily put it out in time with his leather jacket, but it still melted down his whole wiring harness in a matter of seconds. what did it sound like when the engine went? i have a monster as well and will have a look around at the fuel lines. was it a 900? really  gald you were not hurt!
 
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Re: My Blackest Day, Monsta Is Burnt Out And Written Off (duc_748)

Dang Andi, glad you are OK...!
 
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Re: My Blackest Day, Monsta Is Burnt Out And Written Off (Monstaman)

the cracked filter...a broken hose...leaky vacuum fuel pump...the rear exhaust pipe would be hot enough to set it off...the bright side...THEY SAVED YOUR FRONT WHEEL....
 
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OMG... that's aweful.

i'm sorry for what has happened. stay strong dude. one thing for sure, it's not your fault. hopefully, they figured out what went wrong.

i'm checking my fuel lines now.
 
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Like I said earlier on the phone Andi, glad you are safe. Hang in there bro. Just be thankful you didn't get home, park it in the garage, then it decided to catch, taking the new house, car, etc. with it.

My voodoo must be off. It was meant for the Mh.


Kick back and enjoy a few
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Just don't

It truly makes me
when I see shit things happen to such good people.
 
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Dang Andi!! Time to head down to the pub and throw a few back
 
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sorry for the loss, and glad you are physically OK.

mitt
 
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Thanks all, frightened and shocked starts to explain it for me, I can start to understand how people feel when there house gets burnt down, fire is a real force that acts at a frightening pace.

I don't quite know what I am gonna do now, I have had a chin load of Ducati with the MH doing it's thing and now Monsta brushing my life like that.
 
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Re: My Blackest Day, Monsta Is Burnt Out And Written Off (Monstaman)

Glad to hear you are ok!

Now why couldn't that have happened to the MH900e instead...
 
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Re: My Blackest Day, Monsta Is Burnt Out And Written Off (Monstaman)

Glad you are ok!

Never in 24 years of riding have I ever seen anything like this (on the street). I've seen it on the track after a crash but never the street.
 
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Re: My Blackest Day, Monsta Is Burnt Out And Written Off (Monstaman)

geez andi - glad you are ok and excaped unharmed (physically, if not mentally).

to borrow from an old blues standard, if it wasn't for bad luck, you wouldn't have any luck at all, mate.

sad to read this andi, and hope it gets resolved quickly through insurance.

ciao,
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Re: My Blackest Day, Monsta Is Burnt Out And Written Off (Monstaman)

speechless, WTF ?!!
 
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Re: My Blackest Day, Monsta Is Burnt Out And Written Off (Monstaman)

Holy sh*t, man. That's f-in crazy!

I'm real sorry about the bike. Sounds like a scary situation. Glad to hear you're ok.
 
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Re: My Blackest Day, Monsta Is Burnt Out And Written Off (jasont_ot)

Please keep us posted of your findings Andi. I certainly would like to know, if possible, what caused this.


Just try not to lose that "Burning Passion" you have for Ducati.
 
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Re: My Blackest Day, Monsta Is Burnt Out And Written Off (jasont_ot)

Holy schitt. Andi, it has to be incredibly difficult to understand the scope of your misfortune. The loss of a vehicle, (thank god you weren't burned and or crashed.)

To this you had the misfortune of watching "for us Yanks" 123 acres burn. Again, thank God you're ok.

O.F.
 
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The "Hot Topic" flaming icon in the forum list is a subtle irony to this story.

Glad to hear you made it out OK.

Motorcycles can be replaced. People can't.
 
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Just got back from the Feds with the bike, it stinks really bad and is gut wrenching to look at.

They have inspected it and it is literally so far gone that they can not detemine what actually started it.

Items that are recoverable are.... the front rim, everything else is melted, burnt, scorched, bubbled and emusified.

I took it to our local little motrobike/car repair shop on the way back from teh Feds and the guy reckons I might need a tube in the rear tyre as the rim may be porous


Will take some closeups of it now that I have stopped shaking and can actually hold the camera.
 
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Does this mean you will post the pic I sent you now??
 
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