2014 Ducati Monster 1200 S Test Ride — Popular Mechanics

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2014 Ducati Monster S Test Ride

This Italian may look like it was with an ugly stick, but the Ducati Monster 1200 is the … bike from yet.

February 27, 2014 PM Text Size: A. A. A

On-Sale April 2014

Base $13,495 to $15,995

Competitors: Tuono V4 R APRC ABS, Z1000, Triumph Speed R

Powertrains: 1198-cc L-twin, hp, 87-92 lb-ft; six-speed RWD

EPA Fuel Economy (city/hwy, est.): N/A

Ducati’s Monster has roaming the road for two decades, but the Italian bike wasn’t as menacing as its name might While early variants the fairing-free, exposed-frame design to its siblings, the second-gen model a lighter body and a milder engine. That was Ducati’s powerful air-cooled twin to but still a mellow mill to its fully faired counterparts.

The all-new, third-gen model not seem dramatically different at glance, but the upgraded bike an extensive series of upgrades. notably, the air-cooled engine has switched to a large, liquid-cooled twin derived from the powerplant found in Ducati’s and Multistrada. Output eclipses the 1100 EVO model by a wheelie-popping 35 hp (or 45 hp the S model).

Weight gain is incremental-in case, a climb of 28 pounds to 461 total. That lends two-wheeled creature a fearsome ratio.

But the new Monster has a softer found in ergonomic improvements as the grips, which are now closer to the and a bigger, thicker-foamed saddle. Yet is no shortage of go-fast bits, big Brembo monoblocs (which, in the S are almost identical to the ones find on the Panigale super

Ducati 900 Monster S

While electronic management are nothing new in the motorcycle realm, was among the first to orchestrate parameters through a cohesive, menu. The Monster’s MotoGP-style LCD manages the bike’s electronics enabling three ride Sport, Touring, and Urban. The manage engine output, response, brake threshold, and an traction-control system.

Digging deeper into the when the bike is stationary more customization within mode.

Although it boasts the swagger of a Sicilian prizefighter a boisterous exhaust note puts most of its polite counterparts to shame), the Monster off the line with virtually of the low-end driveline chatter of its The power lays on thick and like a spicy ragout on yet steering is light and accurate, it easy to place the front for cornering.

Stopping power seems to from an endless well, but the harsh initial bite we on the Panigale model (thanks to a less aggressive master Toss the Monster into a and the chassis-which is nearly 100 percent than the previous bike’s-obeys alacrity.

The 1200 S model we on the West African island of (which, at 12,198 feet, is the peak in the Spanish kingdom) a trick -hlins suspension and brakes, both upgrades the base model. Switching each of the riding modes markedly different, with exhibiting the sort of mild you’d expect from a bike. Conversely, Sport edgy responsiveness.

We found Touring best to our high-speed, technical riding as it offered the full 145 hp but delivered with a smoother throttle making our two-wheeled expedition the road into a constantly bow on top of a giant, joyful present.

By the of the mountain at the end of the day, the Monster like anything but. power was copious when upon, its longer wheelbase and perch raised our confidence and us a commanding cockpit from we could … the road. rare that a motorcycle can the roles of Jekyll and Hyde so but in this case the Monster’s moniker only tells the story.

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