Here's a run-down of the options / understanding the options for the two Monster triple clamp sets
: for Monsters, this means 'narrow-stem' models and would include all US-spec Monsters before and including 2001. So 1993/94 through 2001. Can also be made to work on the other 'narrow-stem' Ducatis, such as the belt-era 750SS and 900SS (including CR models, and any other 'trims'). These bikes came equipped with tapered roller bearings from the factory - and the MOD1 triples use the same OEM bearings, or the aftermarket bearings from SpeedyMoto (make sure you get the ones for 94-01 Monsters, as they sell a replacement/upgrade set of tapered bearings for the 02+ Monsters, and all other current model lines, mentioned again below). The MOD1 SPECIAL is discussed below in bar-mounts section. Note that the following two pictures show the steering stem separate - it is certainly its own distinct piece, however it comes installed for you.
: for Monsters, this means all Monsters after 2001: 2002 through the 695. I do not believe this includes the 696/796/1100 (yet). The MOD2 is also appropriate for the ST lineup. These bikes came with roller bearings as standard from the factory. The MOD2 triples use the same bearings - put a new set in (outer race in head stock, inner race on lower triple) and you are good to go. You can get the bearing from your local duc dealer or a tapered bearing alternative from SpeedyMoto.
Diameter of forks, upper and lower
As far as options, you can have the normal Monster triples bored for the OEM forks (the "direct" swap), the Showa SBK forks (53/53), or the Ohlins SBK forks (53/56). Note that aftermarket Ohlins vary in sizing, so you may want to verify they are 53/56, or 53/53, or the 52/52 japanese manufacturer bounce-sticks. There's no additional charge for the OEM monster forks diameter holes.
Bar Riser Holes
"Choosing between MOD1 or MOD1 SPECIAL
In the next part, I may refer to holes being "wider" - I am meaning the front-to-back, or fore-to-aft hole spacing, not the left-to-right width. I could not think of an intelligible word besides width or distance. You'll notice the MOD1 is spaced more narrowly compared with MOD1 SPECIAL; MOD1 SPECIAL and MOD2 spacing are the same - the 2002+ bar riser spacing. If you are ordering a MOD2 for your 2002+ Monster or ST, just go on and ignore all of this next section.
You are essentially choosing 32mm or 38mm if my memory serves correctly, and relying on said memory, here's the explanation:
You can have the bar riser holes machined as they were from the OEM - the narrow 32mm spacing for the 22mm handlebars. No add'l charge for 'regular'. You can alternatively have the holes for the bar risers drilled for the later, wider position (38mm) - which is appropriate for the tapered style handlebars (either aftermarket 'fat bars', like Renthals or Pro-Taper, or OEM bars from M1100, Hypermotard, S4RS, etc). The wider bar-mount positioning can still be used with the 22mm 'normal' handlebar - the bar itself is dependent on the risers. If you don't care about regular handlebars, do normal and move on, or (smarter move) request wider mount for "just in case" you want the comfort in the future, you'll be able to choose the stronger tapered style bars (and get take off OEM bars off eBay, or from the Parts Unlimited catalog, or from Rizoma, etc).
You can get the narrow-mount risers for the 22mm (7/8") bar (oem bar on early monsters and small displacement monsters through 696) (or order up an aftermarket 22mm bar such as the specific 22mm Rizoma and many others.). That being said, there are few 'taller' risers available for the old school narrow bar mounts, so its about as high as they are going to get - if you switch to SBK forks, this may pose an interference problem. Here again, I suggest the wider position bar riser mounts - because there are many options available to raise the bars further up, especially useful if trying to navigate around the fork caps additional height of SBK forks (or if preload is not cranked in much). Likewise, this should open you up to additional options for riser manufacturers in the future should you want something different - including the SpeedyMoto's with the exposed bolts, as well as the hong kong ebay clones.
You pick from essentially 3 choices, determined by above decisions as to MOD1 / MOD1 Special / MOD2 triple clamps:
1) MOD1 Risers (22mm - 7/8" bars)
2) MOD1 Special and MOD2 Risers (22mm - 7/8" bars)
3) MOD1 Special and MOD2 Risers (28.8mm - the fat tapered bars)
Here is the MOD1 style - notice bolt location is 'narrow'
Here is MOD1 SPECIAL and MOD2 style:
You can add them to the purchase at that time if you are going to mount it up with a bar - puts bar about an inch from top triple - obviously the anodizing matches perfectly, and the risers will include the necessary mounting bolts to secure the bar and clamps to the top triple. You can omit them if you know you aren't going to use them, and always order them later if you change your mind (I prefer to order them now 'just in case', and put them away on the parts shelf in my garage)
Offset is fixed on these models at 30mm. This is a change from the 94-01 Monsters which used the 25mm offset. This is no change for the 02+ Monsters. Essentially the old Monsters are updated to the same offset as the newer Monsters. This was chosen after much request by customers who preferred the steering characteristics of the 30mm over the 25mm on the Monster. (Personal opinion interjection: It does feel very nice and dare I say more intuitive around turns at speed [thumbsup])
MOD1 and MOD2 are available in Black, Clear, and Gold. (I have black on both of my bikes with IMA MOD1 triples - it is deep glossy black, and has not faded in the sun after much riding. Bike is kept in a garage though, so if you park yours out in the desert all day it might begin to fade some as all anodizing will, so perhaps choose silver). MOD4 triple clamps for Ducati SBKs run in black and the Ti-color anodized (darker gray than clear anodize). Here's the options from their website to see MOD1/2 colors:
If you are changing fork diameters to SBK forks, your existing steering damper fork-clamp will be too large (e.g. 54mm instead of 53mm). You need a correct size damper clamp for your forks, be it 53mm or 56mm. You can get the heinous looking Pro-Tec piece, or spend a fortune on a spare Ohlins bracket, or you can make your life simple and order one with your triple clamps from IMA, like so:
IMA takes Paypal - non-EU customers will not pay the VAT, but you will obviously pay shipping (which is very reasonable, especially when compared to carbon fiber parts vendors in Europe). Again, shipping is CRAZY prompt - and it always impresses me. If you "order straight off the menu" your item pricing is very easy to figure out, and the shipping cost: it is what it is.
Contacting IMA with Questions OR to place an order
For placing an order, send an email to imasrl(at)imasrl.com
For technical questions, send an email to p.costa(at)imasrl.com (That's m' buddy Patrick, he is the man!)
..and If you have a question or are confused, feel free to shoot me a PM or email [jchristianvincent(at)gmail.com - put something about Ducs or IMA in the subject, make me laugh if possible) and I will be more than happy to help you figure out what would be correct for your setup, as well as what the approx. item price would be. I speak English and some Italian (not conversationally fluent, but reading/writing it is easily accomplished)