A Monster life is not necessarily easy. It is necessary to seduce, to be esteemed, to carry the dimension of love through the generations, to live the road with emotions and especially not to be stingy in distributing it. Take risks too, as was the case with the 1200.
Madame had taken on belly, shoulders, shapes … Certainly, only muscle. And then, behavior had become gentrified, power had taken precedence over joy. The big Monster shook the benchmarks of its customers too much. So, Ducati quickly looked into the question to develop its favorite roadster. The stake is as much tactical as symbolic.
The answer is here today, with a significantly revisited machine to bring it closer to the original Monster spirit. There is what is visible, delicately redesigned, and what is hidden, much more demonstrative once the bike is alive. Let’s see what has changed.
The look first, very slowly, without frightening, with what it takes to lighten the line. The stern is influenced by the R version, the exhausts taking on more volume and the jump seat a more racy look. The passenger footrest plates are now anchored to the rear frame, which gives supports for those of the pilot much more discreet. The lighthouse softens its forms. Then comes the tank, smaller with one liter less capacity (16.5), thinner, with the addition of an aluminum attachment loop on the front to tilt it without tools – as in the past. The kind of little attention that hits the mark.
It is easy to be seduced by this new version of the 1200 Monster. The desire to climb is obvious, on a saddle adjustable to 795 or 820 mm. We can, we must provoke it once the ignition is on – it has offered itself enough to crush the critics. With its engine already, much stronger than yesterday. When the 1200 Testastretta 11 ° appeared on this model, Bologna had pledged it with 135 horsepower as standard, 145 on the S version, and 160 for the R. This is simplified: Monster and Monster S both push under the action 150 nags. Big watt, supported by an even more present torque and peaking at 12.9 mkg or almost 1 mkg gained. Note: with a different measurement system applied since 2018, the power figures are reduced to 147 hp and 12.6 mkg – but rest assured, nothing has changed in the twin. This largely compensates for the 4 kilos that the bike has taken, mainly because of the exhaust and Euro4. With 213 kilos, the 1200 Monster is not a featherweight in the category…
Everything is ready to stir, and go to wrinkle the ends of the turn under the water hammer of the 1198 cm3. Come in hard, come out with even more speed … A lot will be played out there, where the work on the chassis will have to convince. The trick is to shorten the wheelbase. The new swingarm reduces it by 26mm (the width of an inch), resulting in a total gap of 1485mm. Added to this is a retracted column angle of 1 °. The geometry and responsiveness of Ducati’s cycle parts are very clearly influenced by touch-ups of this caliber. The Monster 1200 should gain great agility and a much more lively dynamic behavior..
Confident in its minimalist framework and in this chassis evolution, the manufacturer renews the suspensions without modification. A fully adjustable 43mm Kayaba inverted fork with Sachs damper adjustable for preload and rebound. For the most demanding, the 1200 is doubled, as usual, of a version S embellished with elements Öhlins.
You don’t teach a Ducati to brake. She’s the one who makes you cash it. Brembo M4.32 calipers can be found at the front, around 320mm tracks. A 245mm disc is at the rear. The novelty is the presence of ABS Cornering. Indeed, an IMU inertial unit comes to play in the court of electronic chips of the Ducat. It allows an optimization of the anti-blocking which is now active in curves. Three levels of settings are available.
Having been part of the Ducati DNA for a few years now, electronics strongly mark its presence, with three Riding Modes, 8-level traction control, an 8-level anti-wheelie, a shifter ‘up&down ‘option and a redesigned color instrument panel. Almost the panoply of assistance of a Panigale when it comes out.
Confusing, on the fringes of its public at its debut, the Ducati 1200 Monster has just shown great efforts to return to the hearts of fans. More powerful, more dynamic, more ‘Mostro’, the Italian icon always asks for a good wallet at the entrance. In exchange for a personality and timeless services.
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1200 Monster 2018
Model marketed in
medium: 5.20 l
about 250 km / h
The technical aspect
Ducati 1200 Monster 2019
- Tank: 16.5 liters
- Wheelbase: 1,485 mm
- Dry weight: 187 kg
- Weight in running order: 213 kg
- Train before
- secondary by chain
- Rear axle
(106 x 67.9 mm)
at 9,250 rpm
at 7,750 rpm