Ducati Monster 659 LAMS I’m such a novice that it seems ridiculous to provide a review but the 659 is an enigma, both difficult for a novice and yet so very sorted. I have not even begun to expose its full potential. Slow speed work is tricky due in part to that ever present ‘on or off’ throttle and the marriage between throttle and clutch control were never as vital as on this machine. The seat would not lend itself to hours in the saddle and yet I could ride it all day. The position of the bars and the brutality of the machine combine to numb my hands and yet it hardly matters. The ‘antenna’ mirrors are hideous and absolutely brilliant in delivering that to which they are intended, rear vision, albeit a little blurred due to that ever present twin rumble. Having learned on a CB250 and CB400 I have little to compare the Ducati to but I am enjoying my experience very much so far and look forward to continued learning.