A shattering return to blood roadsters! There is no illusion to be made for the competition, the Monster 1200 is there to strike hard, dry, powerfully, with the rage that once surrounded the sulphurous S4s. Much more than an evolution, it is almost a new machine in the Monster family.
900, then 1000, recently 1100. The big Monster has steadily increased its displacement to give more punch to each generation while retaining air cooling. The boiling water-cooled S4s had given way to Streetfighters to handle the brawl among the big hit roadsters. Today, the Monster wants to return to the adrenaline arena while keeping the face that made its charm and its legend. And it needs watts, big watts. Suddenly, there is no longer any question of further increasing the cubing of the twin desmo with fins. We draw directly from the organ bank of the glories of the Superbike. The rider does his shopping in department 1198, the sportswoman spiked with Bayliss serum. With this Testastretta at 11 ° and second generation double ignition, there are people out of the box. No more bolognese, make way for salsa: we were playing with 100 horses on the Monster 1100, we are going to wriggle on 135 cannons with the 1200; and by extending a little change to afford the S version, the sauce climbs to 145 units. A good ladle of torque of 12 mkg to lift all that and here is what seriously annoy the road, and scratch a handful of competitors in history.
A few small details: the valve angle, 41 ° on the Superbike to favor power at high speeds, is reduced to 11 ° to promote mid-range and flexibility. In the clutch, not the characteristic pan noise of Ducat ‘because it is bathed in oil. And the interval between major revisions is increased to 30,000 kms.
"Say, the frame, you forgot a piece or we get excited on the grinder in Bologna ?!?"
Not exactly. I may have forgotten to tell you that the engine became carrier on the Monster 1200, like the Superquadro block on the Panigale. Here, only a half-frame remains, anchored to the cylinder heads. Faithful to the multi-tubular steel architecture, it still bears the Ducati brand. And although it is more and more compact, it still claims a doubling of its resistance to torsion..
A change of scenery once in the saddle. To take in the watts and ensure good stability, the wheelbase has been increased by 60mm – we are not interested in this so much as the evolution of ergonomics. Handlebars ? Higher by 40 mm and closer to the pilot by the same. Saddle ? Adaptable, my good sir: as standard, it points to 810 mm; but, and this is new at Ducat ‘, it is adjustable, being able to go down to the lower level located at 785 mm. We even drop to 745 mm with the low saddle option; almost at the level of a custom. More slender, the tank has lost its orïgaping air and gained 4 liters of capacity with 17.5 liters in total.
Right in front, an all new TFT display instrument panel awaits you. The bonus is that its display changes depending on the chosen driving mode. Depending on whether you are in Urban, Touring or Sport, the size, arrangement and presence of information change. Big synthesis to discover at the bottom of the article.
Well, with each new Monster, there are fewer and fewer frames. Side suspensions, we remain in the tradition of the saga. A 43mm Kayaba inverted fork and Sachs monoshock. The S version picks up as usual in the Swedish catalog, with a fork Ö48 mm hlins and a shock absorber from the same source. In one version as in the other, the latter is attached to a unique single-swinging arm on one side, and works on the other via a link attached directly to the rear cylinder. New rims are also appearing, with a very marked Panigale style. The original tire fitment revolves around Pirelli Diablo Rosso II, cutting 120/70 – 17 and 190/55 – 17.
An Italian doesn’t have much to learn when it comes to braking. The Monster 1200 has what it takes not to deviate from the rule. 320mm rotors flirt with Brembo M4-32 monobloc 4-piston radial calipers. They are controlled by a radial master cylinder and a 3-level disconnectable ABS.
A Ducati is now associated with a large electronic pack. Named DSP (Ducati Safety Pack), it includes the aforementioned Bosch 9MP 3-level ABS, 8-level traction control and 3 driving modes. We have also added a little LED technology in the front optical unit, on either side of the halogen headlight.
Going from 1100 to 1200, the Monster finds the spirit of the S4, gains a big ladle of horses, a busier stomach and a few pounds more. 13 kilos in the bag, which announces it to 182 kilos. The silhouette remains the barrel that calls out so much, the style is refined somewhat, but the big Monster turns a technical page, leaving the twin air desmo to fall asleep slowly at the manufacturer. The S version, better endowed with power and chassis, will also challenge.
Summary of driving modes and associated displays
This driving mode delivers 100 hp, with an electronic accelerator "Low", a DTC which intervenes more strongly and an ABS at level 3 for a braking of a maximum stability and parameterized to avoid the lifting of the rear wheel.
The “Urban” Riding Mode adopts the information display "Core", revealing only the minimum information for an urban environment. The speed display becomes larger in the center of the screen with a reminder of the Riding Mode engaged and the time. At the bottom left of the screen is the totalizer and on the right the coolant temperature. Each of this information can be modified using the button located near the turn signal button on the left to display trip A, trip B, reserve, time and lap stopwatch (if activated) as well as average consumption..
Touring mode delivers 135 hp, (106 in French version), with an electronic accelerator "Medium", more intrusive traction control and level 2 ABS as well as activated rear wheel anti-lift.
Touring Display Mode completely changes to setting "Full" , by changing the background of the dashboard, reducing the size of the speed indication digits and replacing them with data displayed at the top of the screen via a bar graph ranging from 1000 to 11000 rpm. While the engine is warming up, an additional engine speed display is visible as orange and red sections. This corresponds to the engine speed with an increasingly large number display depending on the value reached. With the driving mode chosen, now visible to the left of the speedometer, the entire lower part from left to right of the instrument panel is dedicated to the clock, the engine temperature, the traction control levels engaged, ABS and, by default at the bottom left of the screen, the odometer and average fuel consumption. The readable data at the bottom left and right is scrolled using the buttons located above and below the direction indicator button on the left side of the handlebars. This allows you to display while driving, trip A, trip B, fuel reserve, lap timer (if enabled), actual fuel consumption, average speed and air temperature on the right side..
In Sport mode, the twin delivers a power of 135 hp, (106 in French version), with an electronic accelerator "High" for maximum sensitivity at the throttle grip, reduced traction control and ABS intervention without rear wheel anti-lift.
In Sport Riding Mode, the screen adopts a display "Track", applying an aluminum-colored finish to the bottom of the dashboard and the presence of essential information only sport-road. The tachometer is displayed as a bar graph and forms a 90 ° curve in the Superbike style, with a speed indication prominently in the center of the screen as well as the engine temperature, ABS and traction control displayed at bottom from left to right. At the bottom, and positioned by default in the center, the meter indicates trip A, trip B, fuel reserve, clock, trip time and lap time that can be displayed and scrolled via the buttons located above and below the direction indicator on the left side (if enabled), average fuel consumption, instantaneous fuel consumption, average speed, engine temperature and air temperature.
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about 240 km / h
The technical aspect
Ducati 1200 Monster 2014
- Tank: 17.5 liters
- Height: 1,117 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,511 mm
- Dry weight: 182 kg
- Operating weight: 209 kg
- Train before
- secondary by chain
- Rear axle
(106 x 67.9 mm)
at 8,750 rpm
at 7,250 rpm