2005 Ducati Monster S2R Motorcycle — First Ride & Review — Motorcyclist Online

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Ducati Monster S2R 800
Ducati Monster S2R 800

Shades of the nasty-boy S4R for a lot less

The Monster S4R revitalized Ducati’s lineup in 2003 with its looks and potent eight-valve, engine. But not everyone who fancies the cute bikini fairing and pipes needs a 150-mph with a price tag to match.Enter ’05 Monster S2R, a ($8495) 803cc, four-valve V-twin that combines the model’s bling-factor with a chassis package based on the 800’s.

Ducati regards bike as more of an entry-level for younger riders and middle-agers to motorcycling. Hence its launch in Carlo on the Mediterranean coast.

For around Monte Carlo’s and famous casinos, the S2R is ace. The looks fabulous—even better the S4R due to the finned cylinders and lack of There are also three paint options to choose red/white and yellow/black—plus a less-expensive matte-black Dark version, comes without a fairing or cowl.

The S2R maintained its feel-good factor we headed into the nearby foothills, thanks partly to its power delivery and rider-friendly The new S4R-style single-sided exhaust adds a little midrange a couple of top-end horsepower for a total of 77 bhp. But the SOHC Vee is still one softly tuned, motor, so the S2R is more cuddly scary.

Even the exhaust is a restrained chuffing rather a bark.

We chose the 800cc engine it’s simple and has enough to be enjoyable, says Giulio Monster S2R project engineer. Brown concurs.

We chose the engine because it’s and has enough power to be enjoyable,

Instead of the S4R’s raw aggression you get a spread of power and a pleasant of acceleration toward the 9000-rpm The fuel injection works from below 3000 the new APTC clutch has a light feel (and incorporates a clutch effect) and the six-speed shifts cleanly. Shame the limp-wristed mirrors and lack of lock.

Longer-travel suspension the seat is also higher, but the is still quite manageable in

The S2R might not have explosive but it copes with high better than many bikes. Its 803cc motor is throughout the rev range, and the bikini diverts a good chunk of Heading back to Monte on the autoroute, the S2R cruised effortlessly at 100 with its top speed right 135 mph.Chassis performance is well-matched to the

Ducati Monster S2R 800

The traditional steel trellis is almost identical to the Monster The gorgeous aluminum single-sided borrowed from the S4R, a couple pounds of weight the old twin-sider and is equally rigid. The aluminum Magura handlebar—another S4R though it’s omitted on the model—gives plenty of leverage, and the can be flicked around quite

At a claimed 380.6 pounds dry a respectably light machine, helps. But despite that and its steep geometry (rake is 24 handling at normal speeds is and very neutral rather super-agile. That will be just fine for the riders at this bike is aimed.

the pace heats up, the S2R copes enough without living up to R-for-Racing in its name. The Marzocchi inverted fork lacks the of the old Monster 800’s unit. the fork and the Sachs shock do a job, but the ride is jarring some bumps and makes the roads feel slightly than they really

Although the S2R is a fairly basic it was up for some cornering fun. The rear Marchesini wheel has a rim wearing respectably wide rubber. And there are heaps of clearance to exploit the grippy Diablos.

Ducati’s cost-cutting shows up obviously in the front brake, uses 300mm discs and twin-piston Brembo calipers them?) in place of the Monster familiar 320mm rotors and The S2R can stop hard, but it needs a squeeze on the lever. In these of radial calipers, fitting the calipers seems like a step even on an entry-level

Ducati’s response is that it had to on some chassis parts to all the neat styling touches keeping the price competitive. it’s a good value on what you want from a V-twin. If it’s fierce ultra-sharp handling and two-finger look elsewhere. If it’s Italian style and solid performance at a sensible price, most difficult decision is S2R color to choose.—Roland Brown

Ducati Monster S2R 800

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