Ride Review: Ducati Monster 1200 S

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Ride Review: Ducati 1200 S

02/23/2014 @ 5:59 pm, by van der Valk 22 COMMENTS

Over the 20 years Ducati sold than 275,000 Monsters, and now the introduce an all-new 1,200cc which will make it not the most powerful but also the Monster of the past couple of

The 461 lbs (wet with a 90% tank of beast will replace the Streetfighter 1098, and Ducati it will sell a whole lot Mind you, there is a fierce competition in the Super-Naked so time will tell if succeed.

We rode the Monster S model on the press introduction in so it’s worth noting this bike has $2,500 of upgrades over the base such as Öhlins suspension, monoblocs, and lighter aluminum wheels. It also does with the 10hp restriction of the version. bringing the total to 145hp.

The 2014 Ducati 1200 immediately makes an the bike looks wide, and badass with its double and rear suspension setup. The rear headers look but we fear a scorched right leg in Ducati tradition.

Climbing on board is different ever before: the 810mm height, and surprisingly high bars make for a very bike. The ergonomics feel but you can still feel the sporting in your slightly folded up

Shifting into … and moving your feet (balls of the feet onto the is almost impossible however, the passenger steps clearly you.

The TFT color screen brilliant, but has limited visibility in daylight (which is not helped by the small font of the side text). Even so, Ducati sets the standard with very slick and modern — other manufacturers can learn a or two from this setup.

power modes is a breeze. You through the different screens a simple push of a button, but it is the indicator switch-off that frustrate a lot of bikers: many of us this button quite to make sure the indicators are but this results in the dash from page to page.

Both the Panigale (similar and Multistrada 1200 (motor have a gearbox indicator, but enough this underrated is missing from the Monster setup.

The fit and finish is good, but not 100% up-to-par with the high class feel of the line: there’s loose and familiar odd rubber flaps here and All main components fit snug from a strikingly wonky seat cover. Alas, we recommend adding this extra.

Setting off on this makes for a wonderful, savage clearly audible for rider and even with stock In the city we’d choose the balanced ‘Urban’ powermode both other settings and Sport) react too nervously on throttle application and on-off

The enormous v-twin picks up and strong in all gears and over the rev-range. Gear changes are and predictable, if you are deliberate and firm the lever. Be prepared to spend time finding neutral

V-twin riders will you that engine braking is an part of the riding experience, and this is an area where the new is a little bit unpredictable: closing the at low rpm’s results in plenty of but this does not happen as higher up the rev-range.

On a couple of (all of them above feet in elevation) it almost that the engine gave us a extra push after we the butterflies. It made us doubt the system in the mountains.

Surely, a engine should be plenty for everywhere. The hefty twin some power at higher but never did we think that we use some more go.

The Monster is not a hooligan bike however: it not wheelie spontaneously in the first gears like some European Super-Nakeds, like the KTM SuperDuke R for instance. It does put the down well, and excels at bursts of acceleration, accompanied by naughty barking from the — Ducati Monster at its best.

This is not a … Ducati at all. The new Monster 1200 is not a tool made for high-speed or blitzing a roller coaster road. There is just too much and too little feedback from the

We struggled especially to put weight on the — until you touch the brakes, is. The bike then transfers its abruptly from back to only to jump back when you let go of the stoppers.

Turning in is not then, but luckily it gets better mid-corner: the Monster hold its line relatively but you have to be wary of not running

The 1200 has a longer wheelbase before and this makes for work when chucking one corner into the next. You struggle to outrun friends on and much less powerful but this is not what the Monster is about. It is all sensory experience, the with the bull, taking up the to muscle this beast as as you dare over the chosen

Coming out of a corner like a from a gun, life is on a 145hp v-twin, every time you open the throttle. The 1200 might feel a bucking bronco, but never nor intimidating oddly enough. actually quite easy to around.

On paper the new 2014 Monster 1200 seems the perfect successor to the Streetfighter and a worthy competitor for saucy such as the Aprilia Tuono V4. MV Brutale 1090. BMW S1000R. Speed Triple. and KTM 1290 R .

The reality is very different the Monster never feels wild nor It is the strongest, probably the best, and the most beautiful ‘roadster’ in a line of Ducati nakeds and Monsteristi will once fall for this newest

It will not make you wheelie you will not drag your over every roundabout, and you not speed uncontrollably all the time. You will look at yourself in the windows, and you will be noticed in You will love to go for some in the countryside, and to go on weekend holidays.

The effort it takes to control big 1,200cc Monster and the effect it has on senses might just it feel very special

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