Better, Faster, Monster
The Ducati Monster 1200 S for this year, now being Euro4 compliant has seen the same improvements as the Monster 1200 standard version. A minimalised and sharpened design has made a closer resemblance to the Monster 1200 R. Minimalisation has also aided the maintenance of a remarkable power to weight ratio.
The power for the latest Ducati Monster 1200S climbs from 145 to 150 bhp. It is the manner in which this power is delivered that is most noticeable compared to its predecessor. A much cleaner and more controllable throttle allows for the increased power to be laid down seamlessly.
As with the standard model, the pillion and rider footrests have been separated, offering a vastly improved riding position and the slimmer waist line improving ergonomics when at a standstill.
The Ducati Monster 1200 S is built as standard with the mighty Brembo M50 brake calipers controlled by the latest in Bosch ABS system. The Ohlins front and rear suspension not only looks superb but enhances the handling performance of this model immensely.
A quickshifter that works on both upward and downward gear changes finishes this lightweight agile Monster off perfectly.
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The Monster 1200 guarantees maximum riding pleasure without compromise thanks to the even more powerful Testastretta 11° DS engine, fluid torque and a perfectly balanced chassis that works in harmony with the latest-generation brakes and electronics. The seat, adjustable from 795mm to 820 mm, and the wide handlebar ensure manoeuvrability and practicality in traffic, while the compact aluminium swingarm and 1485mm wheelbase make it even quicker when it comes to leaning and changes of direction, enhancing the sports riding enjoyment and increasing versatility.
1198cm3 Testastretta 11° DS
The Monster 1200 is powered by the latest evolution 1198cm³ liquid-cooled Testastretta 11° DS twin, with 4 valves per cylinder, that unleashes 150 hp at 9250 revs and maximum torque of 12.9 kgm at 7750 revs. With a lambda probe for each cylinder, it autonomously manages and optimises power delivery, while the exhaust ports, with a 50-52 mm section, form part of a 2-1-2 type system, designed with two cylinders of identical length to maximise power and distribution efficiency. The engine of the Monster 1200 is Euro 4 homologated and competitive also in terms of its maintenance intervals, with a valve clearance check required only every 30,000 km.
Gearing and Clutch
The Monster 1200 engine is equipped with a six-speed gearbox and anti-wheelie wet clutch, which can be activated with minimal effort. Thanks to a progressive engagement system, spring preload is automatically increased, ensuring greater sensitivity and optimum comfort even in city traffic. When torque at the wheel has an opposite action, the same mechanism reduces pressure on the clutch discs, allowing them to work in the anti-wheelie sports mode, stabilising the bike even during the aggressive shifting typical of sports riding.
Power and Torque
The Monster 1200’s Testastretta 11° DS engine unleashes 150 hp at 9250 rpm and maximum torque of 12.9 kgm at 7750 rpm: thanks to the new throttle body and compression ratio raised to 13:1, it boasts an impressive torque curve even at low speed. Two spark plugs for each head and Mikuni Ride-by-Wire oval throttle bodies, with a diameter of 56 mm, offer greater regularity of the power delivery, for an even more enjoyable and exciting riding sensation.
The Monster 1200 uses the engine as a load-bearing element, with the trellis frame connected to the cylinder heads. A concept derived from racing, which allows for a very compact, lightweight frame, ensuring a dry weight of just 182kg and a kerb weight of 209 kg. The use of large pipes also ensures high torsional rigidity. Also connected to the engine are the new single-sided swingarm, which marries perfectly with the compact 1485mm wheelbase, and brand new cast aluminium rider footpegs, separate from those of the passenger to ensure greater freedom of movement during sports riding. The rear sub-frame seat support, also directly attached to the engine, has been redesigned to create a compact structure that can also bear the new passenger footpeg support brackets. The well-balanced chassis and wide handlebar allow the Monster 1200 to combine its innate sports attitude with surprising riding ease.
To fully express its sporty character and ensure maximum riding enjoyment, the Monster 1200 uses a rear shock that is directly attached to the vertical engine head and aluminium single-sided swingarm. The fully adjustable suspension differs between the Monster 1200 and Monster 1200 S models. The first mounts a 42 mm Kayaba fork at the front and a Sachs shock at the rear, with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping. The Monster 1200 S boasts a 48mm Öhlins fork with integrated adjuster and a fully adjustable Öhlins rear shock.
Rims and Tyres
The Monster 1200 is equipped with 10-spoke rims in lightweight alloy, a 3.50×17 at the front and 6.00×17 at the rear, while the Monster 1200 S boasts 3-spoke ‘Y’ rims, made even more sporty with the exclusive “S” graphics. Both models use Pirelli DIABLO ROSSO™ III tyres, 120/70 at the front and 190/55 at the rear, produced in a double compound to offer resistance on long-range trips and heightened grip even at extreme lean angles. These high-quality tyres exploit Pirelli EPT, Enhanced Patch Technology, to maximise the area of contact with any lean angle, and FGD, Functional Groove Design, to optimise performance in wet conditions.
The Monster 1200 is equipped with two 4-piston Brembo M4.32 monoblock radial callipers at the front that act on 320mm discs, while the Monster 1200 S uses Brembo M50 monoblock callipers and 330mm discs. Both models have radial pumps for the front brakes with separate tanks and a single 245mm disc at the rear, with a two-piston Brembo calliper equipped with pads in a sintered material. The braking system is managed by the Bosch ABS 9.1MP Cornering system, with three different intervention levels that can be deactivated when necessary
Ducati Safety Pack (DSP)
The Monster 1200, in both its standard and S versions, is equipped with the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP) as standard, which, thanks to the Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), integrates Bosch ABS 9.1MP Cornering, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC). An advanced electronics package that enhances dynamic performance, optimises control and offers a high level of safety.
Bosch ABS Cornering
Bosch ABS 9.1MP Cornering exploits the IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) to effectively measure out the braking power of the front and rear wheels even in critical situations and with a leaning bike. The system acts on three increasing levels of intervention, from a dedicated sports-riding solution, with ABS intervention only at the front and with no identification of rear lift, up to the maximum level of braking optimisation, with identification of rear wheel lift and the Cornering function activated and calibrated for maximum safety. Thanks to interaction with the Riding Modes, the system can offer solutions to suit all situations and riding styles. The ABS can be deactivated via the dash at any time and allows for settings to be recorded and reused at the next Key-On.
Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC)
The Monster is equipped with the latest version of the DTC software, which identifies and controls any sliding of the rear wheel to increase performance and active safety. The system allows the rider to choose between eight different profiles with different intervention levels, each of which has been calibrated to offer a rear slide tolerance value that is proportional to the progressive levels of riding ability and the road conditions. DTC levels are pre-set for each of the three Riding Modes but can be personalised or deactivated depending on rider preference, as well as saved in the individual settings menus and reused at the next Key-On. The Monster 1200 is also equipped with DWC (Ducati Wheelie Control), which analyses the setting of the bike and manages torque and power to ensure safe acceleration and prevent any wheelies. As with the DTC, it is adjustable with 8 levels and is integrated into the Riding Modes.
Colour TFT Instrumentation
The dash of the Monster 1200 boasts a colour TFT display with the three Core, Full and Track configurations, designed to show information relating to the three Riding Modes. In the Sport Riding Mode, the display adopts the exclusive Track configuration, showing only sports riding data while the rev counter graphic is reset with a layout in pure Superbike style. The TFT dash can be personalised and the viewing mode can always be selected independently of the selected Riding Mode.