Ducati Monster 1100 Evo review Ash On Bikes

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Ducati Monster 1100 Evo

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The Monster M900 was pragmatic, as bodywork aside it was built from existing parts, as the 888 frame and 900SS engine, at a time when Ducati was strapped for cash.

It was cunning, as it Massimo Bordi`s aim of stealing a of the cruiser market without realising it was a cruiser and compromising ideals. It was timeless, as even the latest Monster, the 1100 looks so similar you could one for the other at a quick glance. And it was the combination of accessible performance Angel Galluzzi`s styling has total Monster sales to a quarter of a million.

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It had to be modernised of and despite steady development, the for major change became urgent, until in 2008 pushed the all-new Monster 696 out the world, closed its eyes and its breath. The world loved it, because although Ducati it was a completely new bike, it still like a Monster, still had an V-twin, and simply rode than before. What was not to like, which is why that the best selling Monster

796 and 1100 followed, and the 1100 has revised again, the headline being a power increase 94bhp to 99bhp (100PS, the biggest output ever from an air-cooled Ducati There are a host of changes the Evoluzione name, including lubrication and cooling around the valves, reshaped inlet and combustion chambers, and an increase in ratio from 10.7 to

The improved combustion has allowed a to single spark ignition the old twin plug heads, up the combustion chamber further, valve lift has been to take advantage of the greater demands of the other revisions. The valve system allows the steep cam lobe profiles in the new Monster where conventional springs would make impossible.

Weight is saved the use of the same Vacural vacuum-assisted of the crankcases as Ducati`s eight superbikes — this the use of more consistent and thinner thicknesses. The flywheel is similar to the 848`s and the alternator uses and light rare earth

The clutch is a variation on the ADTC Power Torque design on several other Ducatis, has a self servo action effectively `screws` the friction together when the transmission is load, and pushes them on the overrun for a slipper action. It softer springs can be used and the action as a result is lighter. The is now wet where older 1100s had dry

The exhaust is new too, a stacked silencer design with fat snaking around the engine in a layout, with a lambda for each cylinder ensuring fuelling independently for front and cylinders. Like most Ducatis, the 1100 also from 7,500 mile service intervals.

Integrated with the engine and one element of the Monster`s `Safety is the first traction control on an air-cooled Ducati. It`s to the ones used on the company`s performance bikes but with instead of eight levels of all accessible (although not while on the via a dash menu controlled by a on the left handlebar.

The other of the Safety Pack is ABS, combines Ducati software, electronics and hydraulics with hardware in what Ducati is one of the most sophisticated systems on a motorcycle. In fact it`s similar to the one on KTM`s SM T, but then make the same claim, so it be true.

On the chassis side, the frame is the same but the aluminium is new and the passenger and rider footrest are now separate components. Accessory grab handles are available but not fitment.

The suspension is new, Marzocchi forks and a Sachs unit, with full at the front and rebound and preload at the rear. The wheels are new too, a of fabulous looking 10-spoke wrapped in new Pirelli Diablo II rubber.

Finally there are two schemes available, an S4R-style red white stripe (although central rather than to the right), and black with stripe.

All of which sounds great, it`s also a little as the previous 1100 Monster one of the very best engines in and if any of the changes affected that, could also ruin it. But haven`t: even though pointed us up Mount Etna, the air thinned by 6,500ft (2,000m) of must have knocked off that maximum, still the muscled its way up the road in familiar style.

The sound track is a bellow of intent, supported by a twittering overrun interrupted by the pop and bang, all of which makes you quite how the Borgo Panigale gets its bikes through the emissions tests. Maybe got some pictures someone want made public. Sicily was chosen for more its glorious scenery.

Whatever, the Diavel, the Monster is refreshingly even with its standard and all the better for it. The motor provides communication too, shuddering the bike as you open the throttle, at low revs. It`s smoother older Ducati V-twins, letting you drop below but isn`t really happy at level, and it rewards attempts to along through town on a of throttle with occasional and coughs.

But it`s really not too bad and shouldn`t put you off like the old ones You`ll just need time if you used to ride a

What no four does is like the 1100 when you the twistgrip in the engine`s midrange. It forward with a force makes a mockery of the 99bhp partly because the bike is light but simply because is one of the few bikes that makes of its urge at speeds normal use on normal roads. It can be ferociously in fact, yet it`s so obedient such a liquid output you don`t want to stop.

It`s important though to it appropriately. Riders who treat it a sports bike engine think it`s not bad, it starts to feel flat as it its 8,500rpm rev limit, and it does go when you do this. But you fare better if you stop trying too drop the rev zone you`re to anything from 4,500 to and here the motor is supreme. the engine in motorcycling just got

Well, maybe after the it`s the second best, but still a seductive mix of aluminium and

The handling is unmistakably Monster which means hyper to what you`re doing the bars and rather firm, on neglected Sicilian roads. To get the from the bike you must to relax your arms than usual and not hang the bars to move yourself or you`ll be chasing the bike all the road. Instead use your and a touch of intuition to steer and find it taking tight and lines.

Given more time I`d play around with the some more to dial in compliance.

The riding position is from the old Monster`s with (20mm) higher bars, it`s still fairly leaning, and for me the angle of the bars quite a lot of strain on my wrists, not by the road harshness coming up the forks. It`s not the long to the controls Monsters used to be

The seat is reshaped for improved but the 1100 sits taller its smaller capacity brethren its 31.9in (810mm) reach to the compared with 800mm for the 796 and for the 696. Average height will be fine though, I was perfectly comfortable at 6ft 3in (1.91m).

It all you up fine for chucking the Monster at twists and turns and popping the we weren`t allowed to do (oh come on, how can you a bike like this and tell people they wheelie it? And you even design traction control to allow The bike is supremely agile lots of ground clearance, powerful brakes and ABS that only when your are already threatening to leave

It`s vivacious, noisy, and a fabulous looking creation if you bought just to look at still think it was good

A shame, as always, that the tank is a silly size, only 3 gallons (13.5 3.6 gallons US), although of the test bikes were 125 miles or so without the warning activating. Next upgrade, a bigger tank please no one is put off buying a bike by a good fuel capacity, but plenty one down for having a poor You could easily tour on a then have a wild when you arrive, but a 3 gallon definitely isn`t on your

That`s the only complaint and some will think I`m for making it on a bike like The rest is pure Monster only better than

Next stop, half a sales, and I bet it`ll look the same even then. we wouldn`t want it any other


Model tested: Monster 1100 Evo

UK price: on the road. Available: now

USA price: Available end May 2011

Engine: V-twin, air cooled, sohc 4v, 1079cc

Power: 99bhp 73.5kW) @ 7,500rpm

Torque: (10.5kgm, 103Nm) @ 6,000rpm

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