EICMA 2016 : Ducati Monster 1200 and 1200 S unveiled

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The 2016 EICMA motorcycle show in Milan saw some serious fire power from Italian marque Ducati. The 1299 Superleggera was the major highlight of the Ducati pavilion. Ducati unveiled a total of six motorcycles at the event, including the updated Monster family. The brand new flagship of the family, the Monster 1200, presents an entirely new chassis and muscular styling designed with premium components fully integrated with Ducati’s latest technologies.

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Evoking the memories of past models such as the S4R and S4RS, the Monster 1200 boasts an exclusive S model with 145hp of power and and 92ft-lb (125Nm) of torque, wrapped in the new chassis. The motorcycle tips the scales at 182kg (401lb) dry weight. The Monster 1200 S also features high-spec brakes, suspension, single-sided swingarm and lightweight wheels which are combined with Ducati’s best yet ergonomics to offer one of the most attractive Monster ever. The model also combines 8-level traction control, 3-level ABS and 3-level Ride-by-Wire into Ducati’s user-friendly, press-button Riding Modes.

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The Monster 1200 and Monster 1200 S use next generation technologies which are aimed to create an enhanced rider/motorcycle relationship, delivering a high-adrenaline experience while constantly reassuring with the feeling of complete control and ergonomic integration. While the Monster 1200 is presented in Ducati red with red frame and black wheels, the Monster 1200 S offers Ducati red with red frame and glossy black wheels in addition to the striking scheme of white with bronze-coloured frame and glossy black wheels. The new fuel tank is aimed at presenting an even more muscular image, emphasised by a narrow waistline and a compact headlamp.

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The Monster returns with the Desmo, liquid-cooled, 4-valves-per-cylinder, 1198cc Testastretta 11° DS motor. The second generation Testastretta 11° Dual Spark engine, which becomes a fully-stressed chassis member with Panigale-style attachment points for the Trellis frame, delivers 135hp of power at 8,750rpm and for the Monster 1200 S, an extra 10hp to 145hp of power at 8,750rpm. Ducati has claimed to have dialled-in an impressive torque curve to further enhance riding pleasure, generating a peak torque of 87lb-ft (12kgm) for the Monster 1200 and 92lb-ft (12.7kgm) for the 1200 S version, both values @ 7,250rpm. The engine also features Mikuni Ride-by-Wire throttle bodies.

Check out the monster in action in the promotional video below:

Check out the complete technical specifications followed by a detailed image gallery below:

DUCATI MONSTER 1200DUCATI MONSTER 1200 S
Engine
TypeTestastretta 11°, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Dual Spark, Desmodromic, liquid cooledTestastretta 11°, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Dual Spark, Desmodromic, liquid coolí
Displacement1198.4 cc1198.4 cc
Bore x Stroke106 x 67.9 mm106 x 67.9 mm
Compression Ratio12.5:112.5:1
Power135 cv (99,3 kW) @ 8,750 rpm145 cv (106,6 kW) @ 8,750 rpm
Torque86.8 lb-ft (12 kgm) @ 7,250 rpm92 lb-ft (12.7 kgm) @ 7,250 rpm
Fuel injectionContinental electronic fuel injection system with Mikuni 53 mm throttle bodies with full Ride-by-WireContinental electronic fuel injection system with Mikuni 53 mm throttle bodies with full Ride-by-Wire
ExhaustLightweight 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and twin lambda probesLightweight 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and twin lambda probes
Transmission
Gearbox6 speed6 speed
Ratio1=37/15 2=30/17 3=27/20 4=24/22 5=23/24 6=22/251=37/15 2=30/17 3=27/20 4=24/22 5=23/24 6=22/25
Primary driveStraight cut gears, ratio 1.84:1Straight cut gears, ratio 1.84:1
Final driveChain 530; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 41Chain 530; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 41
ClutchLight action, wet, multiplate clutch with hydraulic control. Self-servo action on drive, slipper action on over-run.Light action, wet, multiplate clutch with hydraulic control. Self-servo action on drive, slipper action on over-run.
Chassis
FrameTubular steel Trellis frameTubular steel Trellis frame
Wheelbase1511 mm (59.48 in)1511 mm (59.48 in)
Rake24.3°24.3°
Trail93.2 mm (3.66 in)93.2 mm (3.66 in)
Front suspension43 mm fully adjustable usd forksÖhlins 48 mm fully adjustable usd forks with TiN
Front wheel travel130 mm (5.1 in)130 mm (5.1 in)
Front wheel10-spoke light alloy 3.50 x 173-spoke light alloy machined 3.50 x 17
Front tyre120/70 ZR 17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II120/70 ZR 17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II
Rear suspensionProgressive Sachs monoshock with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping. Aluminium single-sided swingarm.Fully adjustable Öhlins unit. Aluminium single-sided swingarm.
Rear wheel travel152 mm (5.98 in)152 mm (5.98 in)
Rear wheel10-spoke light alloy 6,00 x 17Y-shaped 3-spoke light alloy machined 6,00 x 17
Rear tyre190/55 ZR 17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II190/55 ZR 17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II
Front brake2 x 320 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc M4-32 4-piston callipers. ABS9MP as standard equipment2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc M50 4-piston callipers. ABS9MP as standard equipment
Rear brake245 mm disc, 2-piston calliper (ABS9MP)245 mm disc, 2-piston calliper (ABS9MP)
Fuel tank capacity17.5 l (4.6 US gal)17.5 l (4.6 US gal)
Dry weight182 kg (401 lb)182 kg (401 lb)
*Wet weight209 kg (461 lb)209 kg (461 lb)
Seat height785 – 810 mm (30.9 – 31.8 in)785 – 810 mm (30.9 – 31.8 in)
Instrumentationcolour TFT displaycolour TFT display
Ducati electronicsRiding Modes, DTC, R-b-WRiding Modes, DTC, R-b-W
Warranty2 years unlimited mileage2 years unlimited mileage
VersionsDual seatDual seat
Standard equipmentPassenger seat coverPassenger seat cover; carbon fibre front mudguard; LED indicators

*Wet weight Wet weight includes all fluids and fueled to at least 90% of useable tank capacity. (93/93/CE)

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