2014 Ducati Monster 1200 and 1200S First Look Sport Rider

22 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2014 Ducati Monster 1200 and 1200S First Look Sport Rider
Ducati 900 Monster S

2014 Ducati Monster 1200 and 1200S First Look


In addition to the 1199 Superleggera that Ducati announced in October, the Italian manufacturer has unveiled its Monster 1200 at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy. Built around a second-generation Testastretta 11° DS engine with updates for increased midrange power, the Monster 1200 also gets a new steel-trellis frame and Ducati’s latest electronic technologies. A Monster 1200 S will also be available, and gets 10 additional horsepower by way of specific Ride-by-Wire programming.

The Monster 1200’s Testastretta 11° DS engine differs a bit from the Multistrada’s powerplant despite an identical displacement (1198.4cc) and uses smaller-diameter intake manifolds, throttle bodies, and exhaust pipes for “increased torque at low-medium rpm,” Ducati says. The engine is also a structural element of the frame as its attachment points head directly toward the engine’s cylinder heads, not unlike the monocoque component on the Panigale.

It’ll produce 135 horsepower at 8,750 rpm and 87 foot-pounds of torque at 7,250 rpm, Ducati claims. The Monster 1200 S is said to produce 145 horsepower and 91.8 foot-pounds of torque at the same rpm.

The 1200’s steel-trellis frame sits front and center, just as you’d expect from a Monster chassis, but the new frame is more compact and uses larger-diameter steel tubing for added torsional rigidity. The Monster 1200 also gets a single-sided swingarm, 60mm-longer wheelbase, and adjustable seat system that uses a block and pin to move the seat height from 31.9 inches to 30.9 inches. Ergonomics are further updated by way of a 40mm taller handlebar that’s also 40mm closer to the rider.

A fully adjustable 43mm Kayaba fork and Sachs shock with preload and rebound damping adjustment will handle suspension duties on the Monster 1200, whereas the 1200 S gets a fully adjustable Öhlins fork and shock. Wheel designs are different, with the Monster rolling on Panigale-style 10-spoke wheels in 3.50 x 17 and 6.00 x 17 sizes, and the Monster S sporting a triple Y-shape spoke design with extra machining. Both models roll on Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres in 120/70 for the front and 190/55 for the rear, constructed in bi-Compound to combine long lasting mileage with excellent grip at full lean.

Ducati 900 Monster S

The Monster 1200’s Ducati Safety Pack (DSP) comes complete with an eight-level Ducati Traction Control (DTC) system, three riding modes, and Bosch ABS 9MP brakes with three levels of adjustment. Brakes are comprised around Brembo M4-32 calipers biting on 320mm discs on the Monster 1200, whereas the 1200 S gets Brembo M50 monoblock brakes and larger, 330mm discs. The anti-lock can be deactivated, and the system allows the setting to be saved and memorized at the next ignition-on.

Sport, Touring, and Urban modes are available, with the primary difference being a “Medium RbW setting in Touring mode and just 100 hp in Urban mode, in addition to a “Low” RbW throttle response.

Opposite the budget-built 899 Panigale, which gets a standard black-on-white LCD display for 2014, the Monster 1200 gets a color-rich Thin Film Transistor (TFT) display. The fully customizable display is programmed with three different backgrounds for Urban, Touring, and Sport riding modes and three different layouts entitled Core, Full, and Track, each designed to display information appropriate to each of the three riding modes, Ducati says.

The Monster 1200 will retail for $13,495 and is available in Ducati red with red frame and black wheels. In contrast, the Monster 1200 S will retail for $15,995 and comes in Ducati red with red frame and glossy black wheels in addition to white with bronze-colored frame and glossy black wheels.

The Monster 1200 and Monster 1200 S will sell alongside the 696 and 796 Monsters.

Ducati 900 Monster S

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