First Ride: 2006 Ducati Monster S2R 1000 — Road Tests: First Rides — Visordown

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Ducati 1000 S 2

First Ride: 2006 Monster S2R 1000

Can you hear the rattle?

EVERY TIME I a Monster I’m reminded I’m not the right shape to fit one The pegs feel high, puts you into a crouch, but the are wide and far away, which you forward. So the ideal shape for a rider is someone with stumpy legs and long

In other words, Tarzan’s mate. But the new S2R 1000 has an added

Once you sit on the bike it feels any other Monster; slightly due to the larger motor, but on the whole Monsterish. But then you get moving and a few yards realise two things. the new exhaust routing forces foot out so you have to stick it on the at a funny angle; and second, bike is a brilliant laugh to

First things first, — the exhaust. From I can work out, the 1000cc of the S2R uses a wider rear and larger diameter exhaust than the excellent 800cc That in turn means the heat shield sticks out than the footpegs, so when you with the balls of your on the pegs, as many riders do, the shield forces your out and away from the bike.

It’s all a bit cack-footed, and is almost an piece of design — or of it. I say ‘almost’ for a reason, and that is point two:the S2R is simply a bike to ride, and that excuses the stupid footpeg/exhaust

What gives the S2R its character is the I’ve long been a fan of air-cooled 1000cc lump, and the S2R it off in its best light. Accelerate in and as the revs rise the front suit; nothing drastic, a gradual, controllable lift.

If you a bit more silliness then there to be had. If not, change up a gear using the (if clunky) gearbox.

Throughout the whole rev range the remains smooth, while allowing enough of the Ducati vibes through to the bars and to ensure it doesn’t feel or soulless. Like most the mid-range is excellent, with the S2R pulling low in the range too, but the is also helped by its low gearing.

It has teeth more on the rear than the faired SS1000DS, shares the same motor. gives better acceleration, is a sensible change on a … that simply doesn’t an excess of top speed. The change the engine always feels it’s in the power band good on the open road but it can be in town.

Ducati 1000 S 2

In fact the S2R isn’t a very town bike at all. The low means you’re constantly between first and second, the lock is poor (no surprise) and the is heavy. It’s a huge but Ducati hasn’t fitted its APTC clutch to the 1000 S2R 800 gets one), because it make a huge difference.

As it is, the of constant clutch use takes its in town.

So is Ducati’s S2R 1000 a buy? It’s a tough because I really loved the bike, but ownership depends on you plan on doing with it. If you a Monster mainly for town the S2R 800 is a better bet, if only of the clutch. Its engine isn’t as strong, but it looks nearly and is a great bike to ride.

For out-of-town use and general messing the S2R 1000 is a good bet and has a lot to offer. It has — mainly the footpeg and riding position — but the and handling will take mind off that.


A fun let down by a daft exhaust and heavy clutch. But even if annoy, the engine and character win you over.

Ducati 1000 S 2
Ducati 1000 S 2
Ducati 1000 S 2
Ducati 1000 S 2

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