2014 Ducati Monster 1200 S Review —

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A welcome return to liquid-cooled

Ah, the Monster S4R, what an motorcycle it was. The collective of discovering its disappearance from model lineup in 2009 echoes. For those who continue the loss of the S4R (like me), its has arisen in the 2014 Monster and Monster 1200 S.

The new Monster invokes the S4R’s styling a single-sided swingarm and dual, mufflers, but any real similarities end The new liquid-cooled, high-performance Monster is by a revised version of Ducati’s 11° DS engine that’s modulated by a throttle and characterized by customizable Modes. The Monster 1200 comes adorned with unavailable in stock trim on the S4R a slipper clutch, ABS and a TFT color

Pricing has, of course, over the S4R and 1100 EVO with the Monster 1200 coming in at and the S model at $15,995. The $2,500 increase buys you a claimed 10 horsepower and 5.2 ft-lbs of torque: 135 vs both at 8750 rpm, and vs 92 ft-lbs, both at 7250 The bigger numbers of the S coming different ECU settings and nothing

There’s also fully Ohlins suspenders, front stanchions) and rear on the S, vs a fully 43mm Kayaba fork, and monoshock with adjustable preload and rebound damping on the model.

A minimal trellis frame directly to the Testastretta’s cylinder as does the subframe and shock. The 11° DS spark plug) engine new spray targeting of fuel the air/fuel mixture and larger, throttle bodies. The 1200 version of the same engine in the Multistrada has a higher compression (12.5:1 vs 11.5:1) via taller crowns, and round throttle whereas the Multi’s are elliptical.

The however, claims slightly hp and torque figures at higher

The front 120/70-17 and rear tires rotate on 10-spoke on the standard model and 3-spoke wheels on the S. The S also boasts top-of-the-line Monobloc M50 4-piston while the base model do with Brembo’s lesser – but excellent – Monobloc M4-32 calipers. And lastly, the S wears a fiber front fender and exhaust covers where the front fender is painted and has bare aluminum exhaust

Similar yet different, the S is distinguished by its gold stanchions and black covers. Both are available in but only the S comes in white. The seat cowl comes on both models.

Knowing the numbers is one thing, but to the new Monster’s performance, Ducati the world’s moto-press to the volcanic of Tenerife (largest island in the chain of islands) to ride the 1200 S. No standards were for comparison, so for now, we’ll to focus on the performance of the up-spec followed by a later review of the Monster 1200 when bikes become available.

to begin? Well, as the poster for the Monster 1200’s target – a socially active, married, professional, urbanite – I’ll on behalf of the demographic and attest to pretty much shooting a The balance between performance, and style is shared equally should translate to desirability middle-age motorcyclists shopping for a new ….

Increased wheelbase, inches for the Monster 1200 vs inches for the 1100 EVO, to increased cornering stability but transitioning. With the extra of hp and torque of the 1200 over the the extra two inches helps power wheelies – but not by much.

We’ve been loving the of the Testastretta 11° engine since its in the Multistrada, and the second generation DS powering the Monster 1200 is a combination. There’s plenty of power on tap to pull power just about anywhere higher elevations), pass moving vehicles or embarrass racer replica riders in the

The Monster’s electronic rider of DTC, ABS and Ride Modes to work as well as similar on other Ducati models, but the doesn’t feel as connected as on the 899 we just rode, exhibiting the of hesitations between throttle and engine response.

The M50 Brembos up don’t bite overly initially but provide humbling power that’s easy to At the rear of the Monster, Ducati an 18% increase in deceleration performance an increased rearward weight 47.5% front and 52.5% on the 1200 vs 50/50 on the 1100. us through a combination of uphill and 180-degree switchbacks, however, the rear brake to be minimally

A different brake pad material easily rectify the problem.

The Riding Modes, the screen and their default settings are in the image above. Both layout and settings can be customized to preferences.

The Ohlins suspension is without being harsh, remarkable composure when fast or slow on either or bumpy pavement. From our paying for an upgrade to Ohlins is usually worth the cost of but with no standard model with Kayaba and Sachs to compare, we can’t say for sure.


Legroom, reach to the and seat shape conspire to all-day comfort to this new The muscles holding my 5-foot-11 together weren’t complaining at the end of the and the couple lumberjack-size Canadian I spoke with also on the bike’s comfy ergos.

with an arsenal of go-fast, rider enhancements, the new Monster – unlike the S4R of old and the 1100 EVO it’s – is meant for a more discerning in the 40- to 45-year-old range. To attract clientele, bike dimensions relaxed, and ergonomics made comfortable, compared to the 1100

Taller and more rearward provide more rider while maintaining a sporty lean, and the distance between and footpegs went unnoticed, I wasn’t cramped enough to Seat padding is thick, comfortable support without squishy, and the seat is dimensionally for both rider and passenger to the 1100 EVO.

More the seat is adjustable from its height to a lower 30.9-inch by way of easily removable plastic For those requiring further height reductions Ducati two accessory seats, the first an additional 0.8-inch reduction and the a 1.6-inch reduction.

No cramped ergos here. the Monster 1200 is a bigger, comfortable bike than the 1100 EVO or S4R.

The attractive grab handles come and beneath the seat resides extendable straps for attaching to the rear of the bike with a net.


The Monster retains all the traits that made the previous Monsters a successful lineage. Its new level of advances the paradigm without from its core values, and in Ducati fashion, the bike good whether in motion or outside the local java

To the inexperienced eye, the standard and S as well be twins, and if some wheels, blacked out exhaust, a extra power, and Ohlins don’t mean much, the $2,500 and buy the standard. Either you’re purchasing an attractive steed with equal comfort and performance.

Behold a man of business sense and motorcycle skills. It’s not often the CEO of a company joins the journos for a ride and photo shoot, but Domenicali sure did. The fast too… but even if he slow, you don’t pass the top unless you’re trying to get to the next launch.

Does the Monster 1200 the end of the Streetfighter as the liter-plus-sized performance in Ducati’s model lineup? the larger displacement Fighter fazed out, leaving the 848 as the only representative of breed, it that way. But the Streetfighter was a blade than the new Monster and the competition (Super Duke R, V4R, BMW S1000R) is growing with each model

So, maybe we’ll see a Monster SP, or a reimagined Streetfighter. Or maybe is forging a different … path. Only a future will tell.


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