Ducati S4RS Monster Testastretta (2006 — 2008) review — Naked — Motorcycles…

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Ducati Monster S4R S Testastretta

Ducati S4RS Monster (2006 — 2008)

The Monster I ever rode in fact, the first Monster. I it at the launch back in 1993, and I give it a good start in I loved it — big fun, big guaranteeing a great write-up.

At the though, it offended the Italian It wasn’t a proper Ducati and the marque’s sporting heritage. Eet like a crashed 851, was the Angel Galluzzi, designer for at the time, was a bear of a man and looked silly on the dinky Monster.

name, he explained, was a bit of an in-joke a nod to Frankenstein’s pragmatic approach to I told him it looked great and sell shed-loads. And I was right: to date, as it turns out, and the has become a classic.

And back in ’93, while I was hoisting mothers in northern Giulio Malagoli was applying to the of Modena to study mechanical oblivious to our vaguely entwined

Thirteen years later he was me feel very old, 31-year-old project manager of the and largest iteration of Ducati the S4Rs Testastretta. Giulio was why it came to be. The only original from the first Monster is the cover, he was saying.

It may be true, but we talking about the same in more than profile. Monster started everything, he Every manufacturer now makes bikes, but the Monster was the first. So we this to be the best …, the highest performance. Ah, I thought, big big wheelies.

Ducati took its inspiration for the from the streetfighter — big old with Renthal bars, but the is built to handle too. For considering a jump from a supersport, this is a great way to go.

The is the Testastretta 999, the unit in the 999S superbike; the previous Monster, the S4R, used the old 998 engine. Testastretta — head’ — refers to the valve angle, which a compact, cleaner and therefore efficient combustion chamber, flat crown pistons a smooth and linear flame The Marelli fuel injection uses race-derived 12-hole and adds to a powerful and totally delivery, giving you glitch-free control.

The performance refinements the bike: brakes are from the it has Marchesini alloy wheels and 43mm forks almost to the 999R’s.

The S4Rs is a well finished Naked bikes can show too and, conscious of this, the and cables have been But the Testastretta engine isn’t the beautiful thing.

It lacks and definition. Ducati has done it can — a carbon cam belt for example — but the motor was for function, not form and to be hidden a fairing. Otherwise, styling and is hard to fault.

The venue for the was a circuit. I prefer a mix of track and for obvious reasons, but we were to the Ascari Race Resort Ronda in southern Spain. In ways though, this with its spec sheet like a full-house superbike, is suited to the track.

I was comfortable straight away. The high bars put you in the classic motorbike’ posture. That the stacked exhausts touched my heel; it didn’t interfere my riding, but it did melt my boot. clutch and brakes are light and metered, connecting intimately the more critical functions.

The 999 is a gem, providing a gravelly of flowing power which you on in any gear, hauling you out of trouble muscley torque and then you down the straights till you off the 10,500rpm limiter. It’s a Wheelie?

Try one in second gear.

The are phenomenal, almost too much. Brembo four-pot radial on 320mm discs, straight the 999R. They’re progressive at then bite like a pit

From high speed equates to huge stopping and show the class of the Ohlins Ascari race track is of flowing curves, many of famous corners from around the world. The S4Rs was an bike to take around all. Only where direction changes were would the bike feel at the front, the bars floating for a before settling down.

A test of stability under was the last corner, a huge bend a bit like Monza’s but faster in. It would hold a line all the way, with a slight shimmy of the bars the last upchange.

The only frustration was that we confined to the track. It dealt that brilliantly and I couldn’t anything that could compromise road performance. see.

What I can be sure of is the S4Rs is exactly what it set out to be in of outright high performance the ultimate Monster.


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