Yup thatâ€™s right folksâ€¦..today saw me take possession of my new rideâ€¦.an ex demo Ducati Monster S2R 800 which shall from this day on be referred to as â€œThe Darkâ€ I found â€œThe Darkâ€ when I walked into Online Motorcycles in Albury looking for a $7 fuel filter for my 600â€¦â€¦.I walked out of Online less $400 deposit & an urgent need to call my Financial Adviser to get access to more $$......I mean what was a girl to do ?......the right bike, the right colour (matt black), the right price all sitting there around the time that this last trip (Twin Peaks 200 has convinced me (after much badgering from Scumbag & CeJay) to upgrade......what the hell !! why hesitate ?? all the planets were obviously in alignment & I just had to buy it. Today saw CeJay & myself back in Albury to pick up â€œThe Darkâ€. For various reasons I had decided earlier in the week that the easiest & fastest way to collect â€œThe Darkâ€ was to drive to Albury & trailer it backâ€¦â€¦boy am I glad I made that callâ€¦.it rained all the way to Albury & back again. CeJay & I got drenched putting the bike on the trailer, we ended up piling into the car looking like drowned rats. So a few thanks are in order: CeJay â€“ for spotting the fact that The Dark was an 05 compliance, therefore not likely to be new, therefore likely to be affordable, therefore pestering me to buy it. Also for keeping me company on the trip to & from Albury & for getting drowned while putting the bike on the trailer with me. OnLine Motorcycles â€“ Trevor, Ben, Phil & the team in the service dept. For looking after a lot of hot & bothered people on our first visit to your store, helping to get my 600 feeling a little better & then subsequently looking after me as we went through the process of actually purchasing The Dark. A special thanks to Phil who also got drowned helping us load The Dark. I can really recommend this store folks, the customer service rocks !! Scumbag â€“ for automatically reaching for the Ducati Performance Catalogue & starting my â€œblingâ€ list. As an ex demo bike The Dark is somewhat bereft of bling & is in desperate need of some after market exhaustsâ€¦..so top of the list is twin side mount Termies, a Ducati isnâ€™t a Ducati unless its loud !! I have a track day booked for ANZAC Day, I cant wait to see what The Dark will do at the Island. Iâ€™ll leave you now to have a private moment with my new toyâ€¦â€¦..