Buying Guide — Ducati Monster — Silodrome

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The Ducati Monster is a that was designed by Miguel as his personal interpretation of what Brando would ride if the “The Wild One” was in the modern day. He can’t have known when he the initial outlines how staggeringly his design would go on to become, or how vital it would be to Ducati as the entered the 21st century.

The has been in full production 1993, making this its 20th year of consecutive a remarkable feat of longevity in the and trend-lead motorcycle industry. The started life as a hand-drawn by Galluzzi, an Argentinian-born designer by Ducati’s parent company, He struggled to get approval from executives to actually go ahead a production bike based on the design, but working with Bordi he managed to find of the parts need to build the in Ducati’s parts bin – making the of the bike far more affordable initially estimated.

With a frame from the 851/888 the engine from the 900 Supersport, the from a 750 Supersport and a newly muscular fuel tank the borrowed suspension components and a of other parts from Ducatis. The result of this was a well balanced, lightweight that was an immediate hit with the press around the world. The Monster would quickly the best selling bike the Italian marque and even still makes up for over of Ducati’s global sales.

aren’t many people argue with you when you the Ducati Monster a modern in fact I’ve never met who tried. The trellis frame, stance and agressive engine with the upright riding wide handlebars and well foot-pegs make riding a a genuine pleasure – if you want to go you certainly can, and if you want to into work you can sit up and enjoy the sunshine through your It isn’t often that you get the of both worlds in the world of but with the Monster, you really do.

Due to the extraordinarily long production run of the there are a significant number of variations and and special editions. outlay all the most common you’ll find here, but if you across something rare you need to do a little research it (then email me and tell me all it).

Major Components


This is the primary of almost all modern Ducatis, it a little like a Salvador impression of a ladder and connects the head to the swingarm pivot. The is a stressed member and acts a part of the frame, this reduce weight and increase it also allows easy access.

Ducati Desmodromic

You’ll hear a lot of arm-chair throw around a lot of nonsense what Desmodromic Valves are, in reality they’re valves that are opened and by the cam shaft. Most valves a spring for the closing phase of movement, meaning the cam shaft is against spring pressure to the valves during each phase. This spring can problems higher in the rev range and has been using the Desmodromic since the 70s in one way or another, so it’s a technology, albiet one that can some headaches which go into a little later on.


The Ducati Monster has fitted with a slew of tank designs, almost all of are clear iterations of the original design, more modern feature sharper creases and a more “manly” look.

Sided Swing-Arms

Earlier had double sided swing-arms and recent and higher-spec Monsters to have a single-sided arm.

have been both and air-cooled L-twins used on the models over the years. all been offset 90 degrees to the use of an “L” instead of a “V” when describing – they all look fantastic, but find some people the air-cooled more, or vice-versa. As all matters of personal opinion best bet is to try both and see what you

Dry Clutch / Wet Clutch

The famously dry clutch of the earlier Monsters is that people either or hate, it’s a sound I’ve come to associate in a way with having a good as have many other riders. The wet clutch is much modern and easier to pull, also quieter and easier to with on a day to day basis.

Major Iterations – Chronological Order

– M900

This was the very Monster and remains an icon, widely credited with the modern “…” bike and has spawned a significant number of designs from other I’ve spent a fair bit of with this model and it one of my personal Top 10 Bikes, they’re cheap to buy now and they’re only a few away from being as “vintage”.

1994 – M400

The was only intended for the Italian, and a few other Asian markets. It M600 running gear and the from the 400SS, which was only sold in Japan. You won’t find any of these for in the US, but you never know.

1995 –

This was introduced at a lower point than the M900 and to be immediately popular, many it as their first bike and it as popular with female It has a toned down version of the 750 and was a fair bit lighter than the

1996 – M750

The 750 Monster was to slot neatly between the and the M900, it used the same as the M600 with the original 750 (from the 750SS). The engine had tweaked a little to offer mid-range torque and performance was about 15hp down on its brother.

1998 – M900 S

The 900 S was the version of the now wildly popular 900 it offered performance upgrades and is by some to be the ultimate iteration of the carburettor-fed M900.

2000 – (fuel injected)

The addition of fuel injection some reliability to the sometimes M900, cold morning were now more predictable and issues were a thing of the

2001 – S4

The S4 was the most extreme to date, it was fitted with the 916cc, 4-valve Superbike Brembo 4-piston callipers and forks. The performance was astonishing and in respects the S4 is the precursor to the modern Streetfighter.

2002 – S4 Fogarty – All now fuel injected

With the of fuel injection to all of the bikes in the range, Ducati made a commitment to modernising the fleet. The S4 was introduced as a high-spec version of the years S4, though only 300 of were made.

2003 – – M1000

The M750 and M900 both dropped in favour of the new and M1000 respectively, the new models more advanced, more and proved to be solid sellers for Most of the current-day Monsters are forms of these two models.

– S4R

The S4R was fitted with the larger 4-valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, Ducati powerplant, horsepower by 12 over the original S4.

2005 – S2R 800

The S2R is the little brother to the S4R, fitted with a 2-valve per Desmodromic, air-cooled engine easier to work on and maintain. It a still generous 77hp and 40lbs less than larger sibling.

2006 – S2R – Monster S4R S

The S2R 1000 came with an air-cooled 992cc with twin Desmodromic per cylinder and would produce The Monster S4R S came with the 4-valve per cylinder engine could punch out 130hp, it with Öhlins suspension and back and twin 4-pot, brakes on the front end.

– M695

The new Monster 695 came a 695cc, air-cooled L-twin of 73hp. The bike weighed it at a light 370lbs and anyone ever ridden one will you that they’re great fun and can excellent commuter bikes.

2008 – M696

In some the M696 was the first of the “new” It had a redesigned look, a hybrid frame, a lower seat and a new improved, air-cooled engine. It like a 21st century of the original 1993 M900, and exactly what it is.

2009 – – M1100 S

The M1100 and M1100 S are the siblings to the newly released Both bikes share the hybrid trellis frame but the new models are fitted with a L-twin, air-cooled engine 95hp. The S model features Öhlins suspension on the front and and a few other performance tweaks.

– M796

For all intents and purposes, the is the new version of the M800. It slots in the M696 and the M1100, featuring an engine capable of 87hp.

– M1100 Evo

The M1100 Evo is a further of the 1100, its engine has been to produce 100hp, it has a surprisingly of just 373lbs and a new oil-bath to reduce clutch-hand fatigue.

We haven’t seen much in the way of from the Monster model the M795 was added but it’s squarely at the Asian marketplace. has it that 2014 is going to some big changes for the Monster to it into line with the Streetfighter.

Ducati Model

Ducati has developed its own language for the bikes in its range, below is a rundown on the major terms and meanings.

S – These are generally with better suspension, Showa or Öhlins. Sometimes performance enhancements are also

Metallic – As the name suggests, have a metallic paint Not my personal style but each to own.

Dark – This denotes a slightly cheaper Often with lower-end black plastic fenders and a fuel tank.

City – As you may guessed, these bikes are for city riding. Often in colour they have handlebars and lower gearing for urban commuting.

Fogarty – Named for Carl this model came all the best possible options and a nice, unique paint

Matrix – A limited edition produced when Matrix was released (with its highway chase scene featuring a

Cromo – These are “S” model with a chrome fuel They’re bright as hell in sunshine and aren’t exactly but they have proven

Maintenance History

This is the most important single Most Monsters need a every 6,000 miles and a log full of dealer stamps is what you’re looking Stamps from other, garages shouldn’t be considered a bad but watch out for no stamps, missing or stamps from unauthorised

Desmodromic Valves

Tuning correctly isn’t easy, a serious skill and should really be done by a dealer or mechanic. That said, if bought yourself an older Monster and you want to work on it there’s no reason you can’t, be careful. Once you get the hang of it be considered a master by your riding brethren, but if you screw it up the can be irreversibly damaged.


When buying a bike be cautious about one with modifications all over it. These tend to get ridden hard, by people with more than talent and the performance themselves can be detrimental if not installed

Cam Belts

These are vital on any engine and they need to be at every major service, if you buy a with an incomplete logbook and you know when the belts last changed, get them immediately.


This is a of contention with many some claim that a bike in the rain or letting it get wet lead to faulty electrics. never experienced this but met many people who have. you buy a bike make sure the are working 100% correctly, them later can be a major

Exhaust Smoke

Smoke in the can be a sign of worn valve or piston rings that replacing, be careful buying a they can rapidly turn the most expensive cheap you’ll ever buy.

As any brief guide, this one only be taken as a small of your research when a used motorcycle. Although it sound dramatic, the more you now, the less you’ll later.

The mere fact you’re looking into a Ducati Monster is an indication you’re a fan of engineering, performance and ne sais quoi that only vehicles seem to posses. As it this is a great time to buy an Ducati Monster – the prices are low, more and more around the country are certified to on them (which helps to maintenance costs) and more and people like you are buying which means you’ll plenty of people to ride once you find the bike been looking for.

To This Guide

No single will ever be perfect or all the boxes, if I’ve missed out here or if there’s something you should be included you can shoot me an I’m always happy to hear people, swap stories and advice so if you can help improve guide I’d love to hear you, you can contact me via

guide was originally written by McBride for eBay Motors .

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