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My Blackest Day, Monsta Is Burnt Out And Written Off

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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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WOW! Sorry about the bad stuff, glad you are unburned! Holy double,tripple YIKES!
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Re: (CaliDuc)

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Does this mean you will post the pic I sent you now??
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What...you mean this one, Cali cheered me up this morning, thanks dude you are a great friend, it is nice to have a positive laugh to it cos there is not much other good coming out of it, anyway, tahnks Cali it did give me a giggle!
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Re: (Monstaman)


If ya can't laugh at all the bullshit life sends ya, then ya may as well hang it up. Ya got a good sense of humor man. That keeps us sane. I almost sent ya a picture of a Nomex Dianese suit, but I refrained.


Keep your sense of humor. It will help. Get that insurance check and buy a new bike. When you post a pic of your new bike, I will send you a can of roasted nuts.
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Re: (Monstaman)

I stand by my earlier statement dated 4/12/05:
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by Mental998 »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Uh oh..... Andi has been smokin' marsupial fur again.....
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I'd bet he had a huge wad of masupial fur in the bowl of his pipe, it fell out and got stuck between the seat and the tank.

The rest is history.


Man... what a bitch. Looks like you need a new bike
. Glad you're OK.
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Re: (CaliDuc)

hey guys.

it might not even be the fuel lines. we have a big group here were im at composed of 2 clubs. some of the guys on monsters (mostly s4s) have encountered a leak in the tank which required the local shop to weld the portion were it cracked. im not exactly sure were on the tank but from what my riding bud told me its near the pivot point where the tank swivels when you open it up. he had a really strong fuel leak before that and good thing it didnt catch fire. maybe worth to check out for those on monsters.
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Re: My Blackest Day, Monsta Is Burnt Out And Written Off (Monstaman)

Andi -- I know you do things in NZ a wee bit differently than us folks in the US -- but I'm pretty sure I'm going to pass on your recipe for "Roast Duc"...
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Re: My Blackest Day, Monsta Is Burnt Out And Written Off (superleggera)

Sh!t Andi ... really glad you are okay.

Time for ya to give Ducati's a rest ...

Really sorry that the good bike went, but heck time for a new start with other things!

Pete
ps: I'd check plane passenger lists from your nearest airports ... maybe some Ducati people paid a visit
and got the wrong bike
(can't get anything right
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Re: My Blackest Day, Monsta Is Burnt Out And Written Off (PSk)

Un - Ho - Lee - Hell ... WTF???

Geeze Andi. I'd put a smart arse remark in here but it just ain't worth it ....

I'm looking at these pix thinking to myself that it might just be time for you to get the '05 R1.

I'm glad to hear that you're OK. I'm also glad to see that you at least got to see the end of your Fav ride, rather than being left with the 'sick violated' feeling of missing a stolen bike.

Hey. at least the insurance will pay this one out ... there's no suspicious causes here
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glad you are untoasted and ok dude.
i can see the e-bay auction now. "slightly used Ducati Monster, usual signs of wear, some burnt parts but all in all a good clean bike..."
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Andi, I am sorry for your loss. It must have been a terrible thing to witness, but as others have said at least you are OK. Since others have had cracked gas tanks at the rear pivot..........hmmmmm.
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Re: Re: (Phil 998)

Holy F'N sh!t. Glad to hear your okay Andi, that's the main thing. Just ask Layne. Hopefully this has not soured you on Ducs. Look on the bright side, you have a great pub story that can only get better through the years.
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Re: Re: (Ducaholic)

SUX!

Now you can look forward to a new bike and a new project!
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WOW! Glad your ok!!!! Shit happens. Hope you don't get to much of a hard time from the local Gov. for the fire (Not sure if you would or not). I spoke to My sister (Nanny in Wanaka), and she heard about it.. She was the one that told me about it. And to come here and find out it was a forum member!!!!
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Re: (superbike2001)

What a friggen nightmare...dude, glad you're physically OK...
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Holly Puck when you go down in flame, you really go down in flames.
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Re: (doughboy_748r)

nothing to say but WTF?!?!?!
glad yer alright andi. talk about sh!t luck with ducs for you. hope the insurance pays out well at least.
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Re: My Blackest Day, Monsta Is Burnt Out And Written Off (Monstaman)



wow I am glad you are well.
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Re: My Blackest Day, Monsta Is Burnt Out And Written Off (diablito)

Tough luck Andi, glad you aren't toast as well.

Is that KTM SuperDuke available in NZ?
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Re: My Blackest Day, Monsta Is Burnt Out And Written Off (Dave)



hang in there dude...........
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Re: My Blackest Day, Monsta Is Burnt Out And Written Off (Monster Man)

Wow. Glad you are ok. But at least you still have a uni-cycle.
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