Ducati Monster 1100 EVO First Ride — Motorcyclist Magazine

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Ducati Monster 1100

All grown up

As European safety become increasingly stringent, is staying ahead of the curve. The Pack comes standard on the EVO and includes traction control and brakes.

As European safety become increasingly stringent, is staying ahead of the

The Monster is in its on the road that winds the black lava fields the snowy peak of Sicily’s Etna. The Italian machine through the bends with the of a mafia switchblade, and when I the throttle it leaps forward a suitably volcanic rumble of and exhaust noise.

As its suffix the 1100 EVO is an evolution of the existing 1100 rather than a new Visually the bike is almost but its engine is more powerful, its and riding position have tweaked, and it comes with control and anti-lock brakes as while maintaining last $11,995 price tag.

Engine spec is the same as introduced on the 2010 Hypermotard EVO. The 2011 bike has aggressive cams, reshaped and high-compression pistons. Downstairs, the has a lighter flywheel and sits in compact crankcases formed by weight-saving Vacural casting

The wet clutch has lighter action and a slipper function to aid downshifts. A airbox and revised ECU combined the new side-mount exhaust system increase maximum output by a 5 horsepower to 100 bhp.

Repositioned a slightly narrower seat, wheels and alternative colors the EVO from the otherwise aesthetically 2010 Monsters.

Repositioned mufflers, a slightly seat, black-finished wheels and col

The Monster’s chassis is essentially but the familiar tubular-steel trellis now holds a fully adjustable Marzocchi fork instead of the Showa unit. The shock is by Sachs, and is adjustable for spring and rebound damping. New, 17-inch wheels hold latest Diablo Rosso II the rear a 180/55.

Ergonomics are changed with a slightly handlebar. Even so, the EVO still distinctly sporty as I climbed outside our launch-base hotel Catania on Sicily’s east

That feeling was enhanced I thumbed the starter button and the spun to life with a of V-twin rumbling and banging. The silencers are modern devices hold twin lambda (for more accurate but their major achievement be the magical ability to pass tests while still such a lovely racket.

The soundtrack immediately put me in a good as we headed out through a built-up and area, where the 1100’s steering lock and fairly mirrors were welcome. But long I found myself fed up with the Monster. The culprit was the harsh ride-the way it crunched bumps and seams, sending a stream of jolts through the and seat.

Fortunately my complaints swept away almost they had time to solidify, we reached the improbably smooth-surfaced that snakes toward the of Mt. Etna. Here the Monster alive, surging forward on every straight, braking into the bends and cornering the effortless agility and taut that only a genuine sportbike can manage.

Ducati Monster 1100

This desmodromic V-twin have been hotted-up but it’s still a fairly tuned lump whose assets are character and midrange Occasionally, I’d glance while accelerating out of bends to just 4000 rpm on the digital Peak power arrives at rpm with the limiter following thereafter, which means you to stay on top of the shifter. Personally I mind that, but some complained that the EVO ran out of revs too

This latest version of the air-cooled, two-valve lump is the powerful and rev-happy so far, but for and revs you’d be better off on a

A few misgivings returned after headed back down the and I once again became of the bike’s lack of comfort the bumpy roads near the By the time I returned to our hotel, I was between being glad to and wanting to head back up the where the bike’s sporty had been so welcome.

That dilemma mirrors my on the EVO, and on the Monster’s continued from here. Ducati’s tendency is to search for more from the existing engine, but I help wondering whether performance is what the Monster A more relaxed riding plus a compliant and more adjustable shock would the EVO more versatile and practical.

So enlarging the fuel tank its feeble 3.6-gallon capacity, .4-gal. compared to the old, 1100.

Before you protest, not suggesting taming the Monster or the rebellious character that has been at the heart of this bike’s appeal. The EVO is the most air-cooled Ducati yet, and in ways it’s also the But the Monster has reached the grown-up age of 18, and manners would be appreciated.

They say: “An evolved that’s progressed in every

We say: “Adding ABS and DTC without price? Now that’s progress!”

Ducati Monster 1100
Ducati Monster 1100
Ducati Monster 1100
Ducati Monster 1100
Ducati Monster 1100


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