17 high-res photos of the Ducati Monster 1100 Evo

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Over the old non-Evo, this new monster adopts the new 1,079cc Desmodue Evoluzione air-cooled motor, upping power from 95 to 100bhp while torque remains the same at 76lb/ft. Probably more noticeable is something the company is calling the Ducati Safety Pack, which brings 4-level traction control and ABS to the Ducati Monster 1100 Evo as standard. There’s Diavel-style stacked exhausts too.

Update: Ducati tell us the plastic fuel tanks on this new generation Monster and the Diavel are now impervious to the deformation caused by US fuel’s ethanol content which affected older models.

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There’s a host of smaller changes too. Pillion and rider footpegs are now separate; the subframe is now aluminum; and the 43mm Ohlins forks were swapped for 43mm Marzocchis. Visually, the Evo’s tail unit looks much slimmer thanks to the pegs/exhaust and subframe changes and the forks are gold instead of silver.

The old Monster 1100.

The new Monster 1100 Evo.

These may sound like relatively small changes, but they’ll add up to a bike that’s a little bit faster, a little bit safer, a little bit easier to push to its limits and a little nicer looking.

  • JonB

    Updated wheels—killer.
    Updated exhaust—eye killer.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      It’s better than the old high-mounts, which just made the tail look huge.

      • JonB

        Just seems like it dominates the left side of the bike now where the old version swept up and away from sight.

      • Taco

        what’s wrong with a big butt?

    • Miles Prower

      The new pipes look less like pipes and more like a giant, oversized, cartoony, butt-shaped heat shield.

      But yeah, I hated the old high-mounts.

    • DoctorNine

      This way you avoid the ‘hot crossed buns’ in the desert.
      I like the seat pocket a bit better too.

  • JTourismo

    Perfect evolution for the monster by Ducati IMHO. I think I would seriously debate taking this over the hypermotard when time for purchasing, I am sure you are a just a few screws to remove the rear pegs and a slip-on away from ultimate sexyness. The new monster is definitely growing on me over time.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      I’d take the Monster of the ‘Tard. It’s going to be better at more things, more of the time.

      • http://www.faster-faster.com fasterfaster

        Yeah, but can you corner with a boot out? Plus everyone knows functionless beaks are the next big thing.

        Hyper has a smaller tank, but a bigger dick.

        • Eric

          I cornered boot out with a Katana once, when I was a newbie. The first time my toe hit the ground I shat bricks and put out my foot flat track style in panic. I lost face and about an eighth inch of shoe rubber.

          • Lacubrious

            I took the ‘tard over the Monster. Being 6’3″, it just fit better. I don’t go touring on it, it does everything I’ve ever needed it to do, and does have that bigger dick, which is nice.

  • JTourismo

    almost forgot the + tail tidy.

  • Edward

    I think that’s an older monster 1100 pictured rather than the most recent model before the evo. The prior s model had the ohlins, which were also gold.

  • John

    New exhaust kills the look. I love the undertail exhaust styling. Everything else is a great evolution forward.

    I understand the new exhaust differentiates the new model and ties into the Diavel styling in the showroom, but it just kills the Monster look.

    • http://www.faster-faster.com fasterfaster

      Huh, I actually love the side exhaust. This bike looks much better in profile.

      Undertail cans have only gotten fatter and uglier since the 916/RC30. Monsters and triumph triples alike are better served with a low slung can that opens up the space between the wheel and subframe.

  • Sean

    Love it. The only thing I’d change is the muffler but really how many keep the stock one any ways? Too bad I just bought a new for me m750…

  • x

    i don’t like the exhaust and i still dont like the newer headlight. they keep making these look more and more like a gladius.

    • William

      Got to agree with you there… I had a ’95 M900. That had a lovely big round obvious headlamp. Not a melted ski boot on the front. Got to add too Ducati have gone way too fussy with their styling. I think they’ve lost their class. Don’t get me started on the Diavel…

  • Brook

    Might look better if the cans were blacked out so they blend in with the rear tire more.

    When will fender eliminator kits become standard? Is there some regulation out there that all license plates must stick out 3 feet from the tail of the bike?

    • Max Headroom

      There is, actually. DOT requirements suck.

  • Steve

    Moving the pipes down really tidies up the look. Didn’t realize how badly the high pipes unbalanced the latest version. Now making me vaguely consider trading up my ’07 S2R. And agree on the Monster vs Hyper – can do way more on the Monster plus its way more comfy.

  • Ducky

    lose the muffler and that bike is a nice evolution (I hated the old high-mounts too… pointless)

  • http://www.muthalovin.com the_doctor

    Wow, everyone hates the muffler. Ducati must be paying “insert generic muffler dealer here”

    I do not care for the exhaust, and would budget that into my purchase. If I was ever so lucky as to purchase such a rad machine.

  • Steve

    Gas tank? Have they fixed the issue with the gas tank swelling? Apparently our crappy US gas and the ethanol it contains causes problems with the current Monster tanks. That is a deal killer if you look into it prior to buying.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Was that a problem for the Monster too? I thought it was mostly SportClassics?

      http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2010/11/the-ducati-plastic-fuel-tank-lawsuit/

      • http://worldof2.com/ jpenney

        Definitely monsters too. A friend had has quietly replaced last fall.

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          That’s so annoying. You’d think they’d have fixed it already…

          • stabmaster

            there’s tank swelling on my 05 multistrada too.

          • Steve

            So no word on a tank fix then?

  • x

    Y’all are crazy. I’d take the hyper over this ugly thing any day.

    • Max Headroom

      Ahh, yah mothah wers ahmy bhoots.

  • Andrew

    Does anyone know if you can disable the ABS or is it an “always on” system? I kinda like the exhausts. I’d love ‘em if it was two seperate cans but like many have said, there is the aftermarket. Moving them out from under the tail really improves the look IMO.

    • Max Headroom

      Yes, you can turn the ABS off.

  • DoctorNine

    Looks like I know what aftermarket pieces to manufacture for it. But truly, much the superior sexy thing, sitting next to the Diavel. Oh, and it’s a Ducati. Show it in red. Thx.

  • sargent

    I like the bike, not sure it’d get me off my Multi 1100S, but the safety stuff and the sexy stuff make it tempting.

    For those not digging the stock exhaust, these might help remedy the issue a bit (looks they offer them in Ti also for those not big on CF)… http://www.ducati.com/cms-web/upl/img/accessory/2011/96458811B.jpg

    • dux

      Leave out the boogery Italian welding, and you may have a solution to the ugly Diavel side mount.

  • Shaun

    I’ve an original Monster 1100s and a SC100S, tanks are fine, so maybe it’s US gas. Or petrol as we call it. Gas is something we fart! :) New Monster looks good though but unsure about the dual exhaust pipe. Other than that it’s cool.

  • http://www.damiengaudet.blogspot.com damien

    I dislike all single side exhaust. I prefer the symmetry of under seat or low dual side.

  • stabmaster

    i also have an original monster 1100. i wish i could get abs and traction control on it. i hate the new pipes,looks like they cut cost by shortening the muffler. lol