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Ducati Monster 1100S road test

Posted on April 6, 2009 by scottishbiker

Ducati’s Monster 1100S is everything you would expect an Italian thoroughbred to be.

Graceful, elegant and terrifically fast – looking every bit as sleek at a standstill outside your favourite café as it is tearing along a fast A road.

And it’s great looks and the amazing sound from it’s Desmodomic engine mean wherever you go the 1100S is guaranteed to turn heads.

The Monster range has been a top seller for years now and Ducati are hoping the 1100S will be as big a smash in the showrooms as it’s smaller sibbling.

The machine uses the same frame as the 696, the best selling Monster ever in Britain.

The most obvious difference, apart from the bigger engine is the use on the 1100 version of a gorgeous single-sided swing arm – it’s trademark Ducati and makes the big Monster really stand out from the crowd.

Connecting the swing arm to the frame is an Ohlins monoshock which is fully adjustable and up front there’s gorgeous Ohlins 43mm USD forks which have a fashionable TiN coating.

Braking is taken care of by twin 320mm discs and 4-piston radially mounted calipers – taken straight off the 848 Superbike.

The engine uses the same top end as the barking mad Hypermotard and Multistrada but with new, lighter crankcases.

With 95bhp to play with from the 1100cc L-twin engine some might decide to go for the much more powerful Streetfighter.

But the way that 95bhp is delivered means big fun is guaranteed.

There’s masses of grunt under the 6000rpm peak torque figure.

The seating position is typical Monster, aggressive but very comfy and angled forward slightly so you’re leaning into the wind.

Ducati reckon the Monster1100S will be used mostly in towns and on short journeys which is a terrible shame.

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Get it onto a good country road and all the terrific elements come together to make for a thrilling ride.

Leave the braking late and chuck the 168kg Ducati on it’s ear, get on the gas and use the creamy smooth drive to fire you out the other side.

If you get your line wrong the Ohlins suspension and lack of mass let you change it without any fuss.

It’s addictive, grin inducing fun and the action is accompanied by a glorious Termignoni enhanced soundtrack.

Where the 696 is revvy and hyperactive the 1100S is more relaxed but every bit as involving and enjoyable.

The build quality is typically very high and whether you go for the matte black, flame red or my favourite, the silver with red frame you won’t be disappointed with the deep lustre of the paintwork.

Complaints are few but the small 15 litre fuel tank means you’ll need to plan longer journeys in advance and the suspension is a bit too tight for bumpier roads.

It might be a monster by name but there’s nothing scary about the new 1100S – apart from how much fun you can have on it.

Tech Spec.

Make/Model: Ducati Monster 1100S

Ducati Superbike 1098 R Bayliss Limited Edition
Ducati Superbike 1098 R Bayliss Limited Edition
Ducati Superbike 1098 R Bayliss Limited Edition
Ducati Superbike 1098 R Bayliss Limited Edition


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