Ducati Monster S4R NZ 2003 Review Motorcycle Trader New Zealand

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Ducati Monster S4R NZ 2003

Ducati Monster S4R NZ 2003

exactly 10 years since Argentinian progettista Miguel invented Monster mania the desmodue-engined M900, which production under the Ducati in April 1993. Now Ducati has at produced the ultimate mega-Monster, a Superbike sportrod in the form of the S4R, powered by the same desmoquattro motor that Carl Fogarty to the last of his World Superbike titles in

The 996cc S4R adopts the same styling and Brembo-built tubular spaceframe — itself a modified version of the ST4 sports chassis — as the previous Monster S4 which, powered by the lower-performance ST4 motor, has now been from the Ducati range. as part of the stated focus of the RD (led by project engineer Malagoli) on the S4R’s performance, and aesthetics, this is now matched to a aluminium single-sided swingarm from that of the MH900e bike, which at 4.3kg the same as the conventional twin-sided featured on the S4.

This not only good and allows a better of the S4R’s rear five-spoke wheel, but also provides for the twin silencers of the all-new exhaust system to be double-stacked on the side. This both said aesthetics with a of US flat-track purposefulness and also a theoretical maximum lean of 48 degrees from vertical suspension at both ends to 66 per cent of its …, says

Well, make that definitely theoretical after a ride into Bimota south of Rimini, along the biking roads in the hinterland of the Adriatic Coast. One full tank of gas later, it was evident a) the S4R is a mighty muscular maxi-Monster, but b) Ducati had scored a bit of an own goal by its press bikes with Pilot tyres, which refused to heat up properly on a 20-degree late-spring day.

resulted in a series of slides and a loose feeling at the rear of the throughout the time I was riding it on roads. Even a 30km along the Ancona Autostrada at up to 255kph at 9200rpm barely the rear tyre up to optimum

Ducati’s 996 sportbike riders they have to let the tyres up before they start for it, but the Monster mafia ain’t so — which makes the by Ducati CEO Federico Minoli all production S4R’s will shod with Pirelli that grips much very welcome. Just sure your bike thus equipped.

Looking at the S4R as it glinting menacingly in the Adriatic tells you this is a bike unmistakeable presence, and purpose. that the Multistrada and 999 have Ducati possesses real influence and fluid thinking, a shame to see the S4R covered in assorted cables and wires, tacky brackets, and other disjointed

Compare this with the appearance of the new Multistrada, and the mega-Monster a little messy — it to have simply evolved, than properly designed to the last minor detail. the detachable passenger seat lends a very swoopy to the bike, and this is included in the 12,000 ($NZ24,543) selling in Italy — a minimal on the S4’s Euro 11,950 sticker price, which very good value all the carbon fibre hardware on the

The front mudguard, side cambelt covers and radiator are all carbon, and the extensive range of in the dedicated S4R Ducati Performance catalogue includes further options. One of these is a replacement for the headlamp fairing, which, is the same flimsy wind that so many of us complained finding on the S4 because, unsupported by any it wobbles and waves around in the all the time you’re riding the and is both distracting and annoying.

The seat height is the same as the at 803mm, but you need to stand on to sling a leg over the cowl the stepped passenger seat, has footrest clusters that can be for track days. The sidestand a spring-back …-item any more, and you can start the engine from and leave it running on the stand to up while you put your helmet on, a Ducati no-no.

A digital gauge-cum-clock is incorporated in the right-hand/tacho one of the pair of rather old fashioned-looking instruments comprising the dash matching the speedo on the left, also includes a digital counter. These were chosen for styling purposes, but a pity the more comprehensive and viewable digital infocentre/speedo the Multistrada/999 didn’t find its way to the

Once aboard, you’re by a wide, variable-diameter Magura bolted to risers incorporated in the triple-clamp casting, which the same handlebar height as the much shorter, flatset Although it gives great for a succession of hairpin bends, I the ‘bar was a bit too wide for a performance like this.

You’ll to dial in the clutch adjustment to get leverage, because even by already herculean standards, the on the S4R is mighty stiff (bad to make you want to avoid it in town if you possibly can) in to cope with the substantial on offer, says Malagoli. is a hefty 9.68kgm at 7000rpm, up on the already muscular S4, which comes off second best in the stakes compared to the new bike, 996cc motor delivers at 8750rpm, 12bhp more the S4. The gearbox is completely new, with a sportier shift thanks to a shorter lever and different, wider ratios to the S4, reflecting the new bike’s greater and torque and seriously impressive

So dial in some revs on the and get ready for some brawny from a bike that be the ultimate traffic light GP Once you master that clutch’s slightly unforgiving ain’t nothing will you off the line and down the strip. roll-on is also impressive.

Even adopting Cap’n mode, the S4R pulls cleanly from as low as 2000rpm, with lumpiness from the motor smoothes out just over where the gateway to that potent real-world performance is Between there and the 8750rpm peak, there’s a lovely of strong, usable power, zapping between turns a twisty mountain road a delight, thanks to the S4R’s power delivery and muscular

Ducati Monster S4R

Accelerating hard out of a slow will have the front pawing the air, and the engine’s for revs means you can hold a all the way down a short straight to the hairpin, flirting with the revlimiter without any fall-off in up high. Serious sportrodding.

the S4R is a much more capable flier than you might expected — that deflector does at least do that, even if the sight of it wobbling in your peripheral is so annoying — be prepared for vibration through the handlebars at higher revs anywhere 6000rpm on the autostrada. Given the S4 suffer from this, it relate to the balance factor of the engine.

Solution: go faster, so you can thinking about it because you to worry more about a) on tight and b) the chance you might to use the S4R’s excellent Brembo to avoid that Turkish that’s just pulled out in of you. The mega-Monster’s brakes are excellent, with lots of — I agree with that race-spec radial such as Aprilia uses on the are overkill on a Naked bike, with less weight on the wheel compared to a fully-faired

Still, the S4R motor has retained its dropped exhaust camshaft head format, a design used on the works Superbikes in with the advantage that can locate the L-twin engine as far as possible in the wheelbase, without the front wheel under braking. In turn, this weight distribution (50/50 per static — some of record for an unfaired desmo), as as loading up the front wheel for grip in turns. The trick-looking oil cooler beneath the similarly radiator also plays a in this.

Okay, bottom how does the S4R stack up against the threat to Monster mastery in the stakes? Well, there’s no the S4R is more butch looking in than the more designer-esque and when riding it this impression is redeemed by the desmoquattro more muscular midrange and impressive acceleration.

But the Tuono more of a piece than the smoother and easier to ride as well as more refined in of power delivery, handling and impressions. The S4R’s well-silenced reveal a bit of engine clatter, used to be hidden by the sound of coming from the twin but now is more evident than on the V-twin.

The Ducati feels more of a package than the well-rounded especially the Tuono Racing which must be the ultimate day tool. The S4R does have a valid suspension package the right tyres are fitted, plus the brakes are better stoppers in street use than the radial setup.

Someone in going Superbike sportrodding has to and contrast by taking each of two for a test ride before a purchase.

Both Ducati and are valid contenders for top honours in the stakes, and better make hay in the this summer, because October they’re going to to deal with the KTM 950 Duke all 112bhp and 170kg of it.

Ducati Monster S4R
Ducati Monster S4R


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