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Ducati Hypermotord 1100 S

2009 Ducati Monster Test Ride: Same Thrills, Newfound Polish

1, 2009 12:00 AM

LOS ANGELES 2009 Monster 1100 hard on the heels of the new, Ducati Monster 696 we rode machine that put everyone on about what Ducati can do it has enough money and motivation.

The Monster was developed (way in 1993) in order to provide the with an entry-level model would increase overall as much as it might lend to the European …-bike fad. The quickly became the factory’s product, easily outselling else in Ducati’s model That first Monster was a bit of a special, using available and engines to cut the cost of the gamble.

In the new Monster was unique from the and that allowed the designers to important improvements.

As a result, the 696 proved to be light and well-balanced, nimble handling and an engaging This new 1100 has all of that the huge thrust supplied by 1100 cc air-cooled L-twin. riding it we’re somewhat to hear that Monsters are to inherit any of Ducati’s even-more-potent engines this time those will likely homes in the recently unveiled Street Fighter.

The 1100 engine on the Monster that the bike lives up to its like a motorcycle with a V8. The great, but we wouldn’t encourage to try to push it much further. Winfield

The Specs

This version of the new Monster benefits a 1078 cc engine that has shared with the Multistrada and models, but with crankcases in a new vacuum process that about 6.5 pounds of mass. a new Siemens fuel-injection system on the 1100 that uses Ducati calls combined and speed-density air-measurement technology to part-throttle operation. Alpha-n is a airflow model (in the computer) takes over in circumstances airflow meters (MAF) to err.

Rated at 95 hp at 7500 rpm and lb-ft of torque at 6000 the 1100 is noticeably more than its 696 sibling, capable of wheelies with just a of the grip. The trellis-type frame is directly from the 696, but is an all-new aluminum single-side arm locating the rear wheel.

A fully adjustable inverted fork is used up front, a Sachs shock at the rear. on normal 1100 models1100 will wear high-end suspension components. Tire are up slightly from the 696, and the BT-016 hoops fitted to the are 120/70-17 on the front and 180/55-17 on the

A tight-fitting cowl on the rear of the seat makes the bike like a monoposto model, but easily removed to accommodate a passenger seat. The same panel we know from the 696 engine speed by way of a liquid-crystal arc, and road speed a typical seven-segment digital It provides trip-computer functions travel time, air temperature and maintenance reminders.

Because the new-generation Monster now has a range improved to 64 degrees it’s much easier to at low speeds, making it better to heavy traffic and confined

The Ride

Throttle response this big twin is immediate, even abrupt until you to be delicate with your hand. And the relative lack of mass just exacerbates hair-trigger sensitivity. Until the is properly warm, the part-throttle is actually a little ragged, but it considerably once the engine is up to operating temperature.

Thereafter, plenty of urge at almost any speed to move the bike but one is discouraged from using the torque below 4000 rpm of the fairly intense low-frequency at those speeds.

Ducati Hypermotord 1100 S
Ducati Hypermotord 1100 S

The big L-twin out beautifully above four providing a full 4000-rpm of fluid power to play and you soon learn to keep the in this sweet spot. The problem is riding on normal streets, where you find holding the bike in fourth or third gear to quell the That’s probably not the best way to a gallon of gas.

Two aluminum exhaust canisters from under the seat, and equipped with an electronically valve to control noise at low speeds. We found the noise to be perfectly acceptableeasily audible and to the rider, yet somewhat muted to the The only surprise was a fairly growl on overrun, which me strongly of my neighbor’s very Monster, in character if not in outright intensity.

Like all Ducatis, the 1100 has profuse mechanical and it is effortless to ride from the first outing. The hydraulic has a light action, and the transmission fluently, allowing easy and almost seamless transitions. The front Showa fork and rear shock (controlling the swing arm) provide travel and remarkably good

Sitting a little higher its smaller 696 sibling (seat is 31.9 in. versus 30.3), the suffers much less foot-peg touchdown when through corners on our favorite road, allowing a rider to the handling envelope with less apprehension. Tall may find the seat less optimalit forms a bowl which you can’t easily

The riding position is otherwise in character with the bike. the tapered aluminum handlebar longer and a little higher the old Monster, it puts the rider in a crouched position, where it is easier to tolerate the force of the at high cruising speeds. a good compromise between and the sense of control needed for cornering.

There are Brembo at both wheels. The front which obviously does the share of the work, has two radial-mount powered by a radial master at the lever. The system clamps two rotors, so there’s plenty of power.

Better yet, the is an easy pull and has plenty of

The Bottom Line

Although the 1100 is completely new, it the charming hooligan persona of the S2R it replaces, with a veneer of the old bike lacked. It is bound to be with riders looking for the of street presence, speed, and versatility that has made the Ducati’s top-selling line. At the price is enough to deter but it’s unlikely to discourage the for whom the baritone sound of the engines and the extrovert styling are

Ducati Hypermotord 1100 S

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