After hiding all these days under layers of camo, the liquid cooled new 2014 Ducati Monsters have finally been unveiled at the EICMA 2013.
Revving at heart of the new Monster 1200 is a 1198cc 11-degree Testastretta dual spark engine that played its role on the Ducati 1198. The new 2014 Ducati Monster 1200 is the first liquid cooled Monster since the Monster S4R and S4RS and have been revealed in two variants i.e. Ducati Monster 1200 and 1200S.
Where on one hand the Ducati Monster 1200 produces a max of 135 bhp @ 8750 rpm and peak torque of 117 nm @ 7250 rpm, the Ducati Monster 1200S cranks out a higher 145 bhp @ 8750 nm and wrenches out torque figures of 125 nm @ 7250 rpm. Also Ducati claims the new Monsters to clock at least 18,000 miles before the valves would need adjustment (impressive!).
The 2014 Ducati Monsters feature an oil-bath slipper clutch, ride by wire throttle, three ride modes with eight level traction control and switchable three level 9MP ABS by Bosch as standard on both variants. Level 1 ABS offers a sporty ride with no rear lift-up prevention, whereas Level 2 intervenes and prevents the rear lift and Level 3 imparts complete ABS function with rear lift prevention.
The frame is a traditional red trellis unit found on earlier Monsters, but now offers twice the torsional stiffness compared to its predecessors. The wheelbase has been increased by 2.4 inches adding overall stability and comfort for two-up riding. The handlebars have been set wider by 1.6 inches and closer to the rider for better ergonomics. The new seat is adjustable and can be tweaked for ride heights from 30.9 to 31.8 inches.
Suspending the 2014 Ducati Monster 1200 are a set of a fully adjustable 43mm Kayaba forks at the front and Sachs rear monoshock with adjustable spring-preload and rebound damping. The Monster 1200S comes with a higher spec’d fully adjustable 48mm Titanium-Nitride finished forks and Ohlin rear shock absorber.
Braking duties on the 1200 are taken care by Brembo four-piston monobloc M4-32 calipers grabbing the twin 320mm discs with the Monster 1200S features the M50 series. Rear brakes on both bikes are similar with a single piston caliper mounted over a 245mm single disc. Also the 1200 and 1200S feature different sets of alloy wheels with the base model sporting a regular ten spoke design while the 1200S gets a Y shaped six spoke set. Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres are standard on both versions.
Featuring a TFT Colour Display, the layout changes with change in ride mode. When in Urban riding mode the screen only displays vital information such as speed and rpm, but once set to touring mode the screen offers a complete layout and finally in sports mode, the screen changes over to track setting and the cascading-bar tachometer elongates providing emphasis on engine speed.
The 2014 Ducati Monster 1200 would be retailing at US$ 13,495 while the higher spec’d Ducati Monster 1200S is priced US$ 15,995.
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