First Ride: 2014 Ducati Monster 1200 S Review RideApart

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First Ride: 2014 Monster 1200 S Review

If a is too much, a Streetfighter is too impractical and a is too big, then the all-new Ducati Monster 1200 S may be right. It’s the friendliest Ducati and also the most fun to We did just that today in Spain.

What’s New

Take a 11 motor from the Ducati and Diavel and up the compression ratio to Different cams drop by 5 bhp to 145 (on this S), but peak torque the same at 92 lb.-ft. What grow is the breadth of that curve, which becomes further down the revs.

to that engine are separate and rear steel trellis and the front of the shock, which directly to the rear cylinder. the engine is a steel (instead of plastic) fuel tank and it is a generously sized seat. S model wears Ohlins forks and a single-tube Ohlins Both fully adjustable,

It’s also equipped the same top-shelf Brembo M50 calipers and radial master as the Panigale. Those, combined the Monster’s long wheelbase and weight bias (now 47 front, 53 rear) make the fastest stopping Ducati made.

“Frameless” means separate and rear subframes and a shock directly to the rear cylinder.

distinguishing the S model are machined, rims and the availability of white Both this S and the plain 1200 wear a full-color, TFT instrument panel and both are with adjustable electronics in the of a Ride By Wire throttle, control and ABS.

Compared to the 1100 Evo this 1200 the engine is now liquid-cooled and the wheelbase is two longer, but weight is down 414 lbs (dry) to just 401 lbs (dry). Not bad for a that now makes 45 bhp and 16 lb.-ft.

Tenerife is as gorgeous as its roads are

We did 125 miles through the mountains of a Spanish island off the coast of today. Those mountains as high as 12,000 feet and are exposed volcanic rock, little vegetation to hold hot air as the winds sweep the island by so temperatures vary widely 12 hours or so. That regular expands and contracts the island’s turning it into some of the we’ve experienced.

The roads here are also narrow, packed with and curve around hairpins so that some were too to take even in 1st gear.

was a lot to manage following the 30 hours of air travel it took to get here, but for this zombie, the new Monster is the friendliest 1,200cc V-twin ever ride.

A lot of that is to those variable riding Sport is as sharp and aggressive as could want, resulting in inadvertent power wheelies, but is smooth as can be, backing off throttle and adding in some more ABS and TC. drops power to 100 bhp, desensitizes throttle response and out both the ABS and Traction Control.

journalists on the launch reported the majority of the day in Touring.

This 1200 S is kinda/sorta the replacement for the too-focused Streetfighter 1098. that bike was as uncomfortable as the it was based on and no friendlier, the Monster is as fast, genuinely comfortable with those riding can chose to be either just as or actually work with you to fast, safe riding. that old Streetfighter was too uncomfortable, too and too jerky with unsorted this new Monster is the picture of composure.

It’s definitely worth out the Monster’s stunningly perfect which delivers predictable, response whether you’re it up a hill at idle speed or off the 11,000 rpm rev limiter and plays a big in making this such a bike.

I’m going to use that “friendly again because it was so today. In the morning, corners hid in as a low sun pointed directly into our Those shadows were enough that it was frequently to tell which way they and wet patches were totally

Add to that the Italian pace and to passing — always — and we needed a that was as cordial as it was fast. And was this new Monster.

Just cruising along, easy to forget the huge this motorcycle is capable of. The flat handlebars are rubber to kill vibration (it works) and feet rest atop pegs through rubber The riding position is … just forward-leaning enough to the effects of windblast and upright for all day comfort.

That’s aided by a seat and great suspension matches compliance with The only part of my body even remotely sore now is my brain.

But, drop a or two and grab some throttle and all relaxed comfort is immediately by visceral speed. Make no this is an exceptionally fast We got nowhere near its limits even dragging knee bumpy blind corners.

comes on strong just idle and never quits. The is smooth, feeling more a very torque inline-four it does the uneven, grumpy that Ducati used to put To put its performance into perspective, the old superbike from the mid 2000s only 5 bhp more, but 6 lb.-ft. and was only 2lbs lighter.

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The Monster’s suspension is just as its brakes are better and it’s easier to ride.

The only on the entire package? The passenger peg are integrated into the rearsets can’t remove them losing the rider pegs and protrude outwards into the your foot wants to It’s annoying, but you’ll get to it. My size 11 Supertech Rs sat pigeon on the bike, but even riders smaller feet had the same

It’s a pain, but you’ll get to it.

Much cornering. So wow. Ducati.

The Price

The base, 2014 Ducati Monster has only 135 bhp and does without the nice wheels and top-shelf We rode the 1200 S today, goes for $15,995, but justifies its with more suspension and than that price would buy you. Obvious, rivals are going to be the $13,150 BMW S R and the likely $20k+ KTM 1290 Duke R. If you have eyes, prefer the Ducati and your and wrists will thank too.

The KTM is undeniably faster though.

The 1200 looks special, it is.

The Verdict

The Monster 1200 S be an awesome commuter on weekdays and one of the bikes on the road on weekends. One is unprecedentedly friendly and, to that ease of use combined the advanced electronics, exceptionally too. More importantly, as evocative and emotional an experience as any superbike, just one you can live all day, every day.

you are on a roll.

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