First Ride: 2014 Ducati Monster 1200 S Review

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2014 Ducati Monster 1200 S Review

If a Panigale is too much, a Streetfighter is too impractical and a Multistrada is too big, then the all-new 2014 Ducati Monster 1200 S may be just right. It’s the friendliest 1,200cc Ducati and also the most fun to ride. We did just that today in Tenerife, Spain.

What’s New
Take a Testastreta 11 motor from the Ducati Multistrada and Diavel and up the compression ratio to 12.5:1. Different cams drop power by 5 bhp to 145 (on this S), but peak torque remains the same at 92 lb.-ft. What does grow is the breadth of that torque curve, which becomes fatter further down the revs.

Bolted to that engine are separate front and rear steel trellis subframes and the front of the shock, which attaches directly to the rear cylinder. Atop the engine is a steel (instead of deformation-prone plastic) fuel tank and behind it is a generously sized seat. This S model wears Ohlins NIX30 forks and a single-tube Ohlins shock. Both fully adjustable, obviously. It’s also equipped with the same top-shelf Brembo M50 radial calipers and radial master cylinder as the Panigale. Those, combined with the Monster’s long wheelbase and rearward weight bias (now 47 percent front, 53 rear) make this the fastest stopping Ducati currently made.

2014 Ducati Monster 1200 S Review
“Frameless” means separate front and rear subframes and a shock bolted directly to the rear cylinder.

Further distinguishing the S model are machined, Y-spoke rims and the availability of white paint. Both this S and the plain Monster 1200 wear a full-color, TFT screen instrument panel and both are equipped with adjustable electronics in the form of a Ride By Wire throttle, traction control and ABS.

Compared to the Monster 1100 Evo this 1200 replaces, the engine is now liquid-cooled and the wheelbase is two inches longer, but weight is down from 414 lbs (dry) to just 401 lbs (dry). Not bad for a bike that now makes 45 bhp and 16 lb.-ft. more!

2014 Ducati Monster 1200 S Review
Tenerife is as gorgeous as its roads are terrifying.

The Ride
We did 125 miles through the mountains of Tenerife, a Spanish island off the coast of Morocco today. Those mountains reach as high as 12,000 feet and are largely exposed volcanic rock, with little vegetation to hold hot air as the ocean winds sweep the island by night, so temperatures vary widely every 12 hours or so. That regular fluctuation expands and contracts the island’s asphalt, turning it into some of the bumpiest we’ve experienced. The roads here are also incredibly narrow, packed with tourists and curve around hairpins so tight, that some were too slow to take even in 1st gear.

That was a lot to manage following the 30 hours of consecutive air travel it took to get here, but luckily for this zombie, the new Monster is probably the friendliest 1,200cc V-twin you’ll ever ride.

A lot of that is down to those variable riding modes. Sport is as sharp and aggressive as anyone could want, resulting in frequent, inadvertent power wheelies, but Touring is smooth as can be, backing off throttle response and adding in some more ABS and TC. Urban drops power to 100 bhp, further desensitizes throttle response and maxes out both the ABS and Traction Control. Most journalists on the launch reported spending the majority of the day in Touring.

This Monster 1200 S is kinda/sorta the replacement for the old, too-focused Streetfighter 1098. Where that bike was as uncomfortable as the superbike it was based on and no friendlier, the Monster is just as fast, genuinely comfortable and, with those riding modes, can chose to be either just as aggressive or actually work with you to facilitate fast, safe riding. Where that old Streetfighter was too uncomfortable, too sharp and too jerky with unsorted fueling, this new Monster is the picture of perfect composure.

It’s definitely worth calling out the Monster’s stunningly perfect fueling, which delivers predictable, linear response whether you’re lugging it up a hill at idle speed or bouncing off the 11,000 rpm rev limiter and plays a big part in making this such a friendly bike.

I’m going to use that word “friendly again because it was so necessary today. In the morning, corners hid in shadows as a low sun pointed directly into our eyes. Those shadows were dark enough that it was frequently impossible to tell which way they went and wet patches were totally hidden. Add to that the Italian pace and approach to passing — always — and we needed a bike that was as cordial as it was fast. And that was this new Monster.

Just cruising along, it’s easy to forget the huge performance this motorcycle is capable of. The wide, flat handlebars are rubber mounted to kill vibration (it works) and your feet rest atop just-right pegs through rubber pads. The riding position is naked perfection, just forward-leaning enough to minimize the effects of windblast and upright enough for all day comfort. That’s aided by a good seat and great suspension which matches compliance with control. The only part of my body that’s even remotely sore right now is my brain.

But, drop a gear or two and grab some throttle and all that relaxed comfort is immediately replaced by visceral speed. Make no mistake, this is an exceptionally fast motorcycle. We got nowhere near its limits today, even dragging knee through bumpy blind corners.

Torque comes on strong just above idle and never quits. The motor is smooth, feeling more like a very torque inline-four than it does the uneven, grumpy V-twins that Ducati used to put out. To put its performance into perspective, the old 999R superbike from the mid 2000s made only 5 bhp more, but 6 lb.-ft. less and was only 2lbs lighter. The Monster’s suspension is just as nice, its brakes are better and it’s much easier to ride.

The only niggle on the entire package? The passenger peg hangers are integrated into the rearsets (you can’t remove them without losing the rider pegs too) and protrude outwards into the space your foot wants to occupy. It’s annoying, but you’ll get used to it. My size 11 Supertech Rs sat pigeon toed on the bike, but even riders with smaller feet had the same issue. It’s a pain, but you’ll get used to it.

2014 Ducati Monster 1200 S Review
Much cornering. So wow. Very Ducati.

The Price
The base, $13,495 2014 Ducati Monster 1200 has only 135 bhp and does without the Ohlins, nice wheels and top-shelf brakes. We rode the 1200 S today, which goes for $15,995, but justifies its premium with more suspension and brakes than that price difference would buy you. Obvious, new-for-2014 rivals are going to be the $13,150 BMW S 1000 R and the likely $20k+ KTM 1290 Super Duke R. If you have eyes, you’ll prefer the Ducati and your back and wrists will thank you, too. The KTM is undeniably faster though.

2014 Ducati Monster 1200 S Review
The Monster 1200 looks special, because it is.

The Verdict
The Monster 1200 S would be an awesome commuter on weekdays and one of the fastest bikes on the road on weekends. One which is unprecedentedly friendly and, thanks to that ease of use combined with the advanced electronics, exceptionally safe too. More importantly, it’s as evocative and emotional an experience as any Ducati superbike, just one you can live with all day, every day. Ducati, you are on a roll.

RideApart Rating: 10/10

Helmet:Shoei RF-1200 ($440+, Highly Recommended)
Leathers: Custom Icon (N/A, you wish you had one)
Boots: Alpinestars Supertech R ($450, Highly Recommended)
Gloves: Racer Sicuro ($240, Highly Recommended)
Back Protector: Dainese Manis ($220, Highly Recommended)

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  • livacpa

    under price it should say BMW not Ducati. sounds like a mean bike. but I love my M696 :)

  • Braden

    The ride and locale sounded like tremendously good fun. Any MPG figures? The only issue I have is with the weight. The wet weight of the outgoing M1100EVO is 414. This new incarnations tips the scales nearly 60lbs heavier. I understand the move to the new 4V motor and liquid cooling certainly can add some bulk, but 60ish pounds seems like a lot.

    • Wes Siler

      Supposedly it’s lighter. Feels like it too. I’ll take a deeper dive into the numbers and see what’s up. I saw 36mpg today.

      • josh

        Its lighter dry. but the bike is probably carrying at least a gallon of coolant if not more, which the air cooled bike presumably isn’t. I have no idea where the figures land though.

  • Flying Couch

    Slight discrepancy when you mention weight – 414 pounds is the old Monster’s curb weight, according to Ducati’s claims. Ducati also claims a dry weight of 370 pounds for that bike. For the new 1200, their website gives a curb weight of 461 pounds. For a Monster, that’s pretty tubby.

    • TP

      The EICMA s1000r controversy on this site about how it gained 5lbs made me laugh, because they completely glossed over this fact about the new Monster

    • Ryland Brown

      Flying Couch is right about the weight. How could more computer equipment, liquid cooling and a steel tank add up to less weight?

  • sharper86

    Wes – which would you choose for an all-around commuter bike: Monster 1200s or Multistrada? It’s an apples to oranges question, but one worth asking.

    • Guillaume Béliveau

      My guess : Street Triple R ou Speed Triple :P

      • fergushammond

        I’m with you there. I have a Multistrada and my girlfriend has a Street Triple R. For almost everything, the Street Triple is more fun. I also think I’d find it more fun that any of the crazy naked bikes: Monster 1200, KTM, Aprilia, or BMW. The Tuono though is kinda tempting just ’cause it sounds so awesome.

        • Guillaume Béliveau

          My brother bought a Tuono only based on the sound of it ! I think it’s stupid, but he seems to like it ! It’s a gas guzzler, parts are very hard to get, it overheats and the seat sucks tho.

          • fergushammond

            I took a Tuono for a test drive yesterday. Short story: I prefer the Street Triple. It’s just so light and agile. The Tuono feels like you’re riding on the back of barely tamed lion. It’s big and heavy and just crazy powerful. I didn’t get it out of 2nd in the Oakland hills then when I opened it up on the freeway, it was scary. I don’t think I’d ever be a good enough rider to use all that power and I’d constantly be paying for all that used power, in weight, heat, comfort (or the lack of) and gas. Still…it was pretty cool.

    • Campisi

      V-Strom 650.

      • Jai S.

        The guy ask which one over the Monster 1200S or the Multistrada, both being very powerful, exciting, and high quality bikes. The Strom isn’t in the same class. My Strom 650 is an excellent commuter, and tourer, but it’s a bit underpowered, boring, and cheap.

        • Piglet2010

          Suzuki Burgman 650 with electrically retractable mirrors, of course.

    • Stuki

      Or Hypermotard/Hyperstrada…….. ?

      Roads being “some of the bumpiest we’ve experienced” doesn’t sound like Monster roads to my backside, but perhaps the boys at Ohlins take some issue with that…..

      Perhaps only due to familiarity after all these years; as nice as this looks; Monsters still look kind of common and “cheap” to me.While the Superduke and S1000R, styled by Germanic engineers, manage to look like more of an event.

      • sharper86

        I’m somewhat inclined to agree with you on the 696/796/1100 (that tank!), but I think the 1200 is a step in the right direction. I have a 695 so I’m partial.

      • Gonfern

        Pictures don’t do the SuperDuke justice. You are afraid to turn your back on it in person because it looks like it is just sitting there waiting to kill It looks totally mental.

        • Stuki

          I’ve seen it and sat on it. Not ridden it, though. I agree, it looks pretty darned badass. Being a KTM, it probably will do it’s best trying to kill you. Goo faaster, yo slowpoke….. what is wrong with yo, why are yo not wheelying, C’mon, are yo a scaared little Chicken. Leurn too raid laike a real maan….. :)

          • Gonfern

            Thats a pretty spot on impression of every KTM rider I know hahahah

            • Reid

              Maybe I just don’t know any fellow KTMers, but I think the rap is undeserved. Of course, I’m fairly sure I’m the outlier in that my grandma is probably a more aggressive rider than me lol

    • Wes Siler

      Not the Multistrada. FANTASTIC bike, but it’s big. Too big for lane splitting and general motorcycle x traffic stuff. They Hyper 821 is also a wonderful bike, sorta depends on which one you prefer. Ride them and see.

      • sharper86

        I wish lane splitting was a factor

        • Nemosufu Namecheck

          Ducati stores are really good about having a test drive bike for every model in their showroom. Go and sit on both first and you will probably half make up your mind right there. I’m 6’2″ so I prefer the multistrada as I feel like I am toppling over the front of the monster lineup. Monster is an absolute blast to ride. For commuting you can’t go wrong with a bike that has somewhere to keep your stuff dry and a windscreen though and the multistrada does both. Happy hunting.

    • Gary McCulloiugh

      I had a Monster S2R, which of course is much older and underpowered compared to this new Monster. And although the fun-factor was through the roof, I don’t regret swapping it out for the Multistrada last year. My commutes are closer to some people’s weekend trips (150 miles round trip.) So perhaps my idea of a commute is different. But the ergos on the Multistrada fit me better. And I can’t justify two bikes in the garage, one for commuting and one for summer touring. The Multistrada may seem large to some of you, but I used to ride a Goldwing in the summer. I feel like Dan Marino has put my ride on a diet.

      • sharper86

        I love my 695 but wish I could get hard panniers for it. I work with my wife and we would commute on a bike if we had room to. Unfortunately the Monster just isn’t big enough for 2-up and multiple work bags. I think the Multi delivers on size needs and fun factor. The Hyper is interesting but I wish there was a hard bag option.

  • Ayabe

    Nice review Wes. Been waiting on this for a while and it doesn’t disappoint. I’ve been dying to read about this thing since it was unveiled.

    In the interim I convinced myself to save $6K and get a Street Triple and be happy.

    Now….I’m waffling again.

    • imprezive

      I love my Street Triple, don’t be tempted by the dark side!

      • Ayabe

        I know, I know, I don’t even want to think about it. The bad part is there’s a Ducati dealer 5 miles from my house vs close to 65 for Triumph.

        Arrgghh must resist.

        • imprezive

          That just gives you reason to ride the STR longer! I’ll confess my local dealer is a Ducati/Triumph dealer and is 10 mins from my house. I could see that distance difference being a factor.

        • Campisi

          Do it! Do it do it do it do it do it dooooooo eeeeeeeet.

          … The Italians do it better.

  • Gonfern

    It looks and sounds amazing. But for 16G’s its in Tuono, Superduke and S1000R territory. But…someone will buy it. Ducatistas are like Harley riders, image is more important than value. The whole Monster range is schooled by Triumph’s triples and yet people continue to buy them. a red Dainese jacket just doesnt look as good on a Speed Triple, I guess.

    • the antagonist

      No need to be a brand snob. Image is just as, if not more important than value to ANYONE buying a brand new 130+hp street bike in the 13-18k price range.

      But God bless ‘em, ’cause it means I get to buy an awesome used bike at a fraction of the cost in few years.

      • Gonfern

        I agree. (fyi i instantly changed the harley-ish comment because I agree that its not necessarily fair) I owned a Monster S2R for 3 years and when it decided that it was going to run, it was one of my favorite bikes. I also wear an Arai helmet and Dainese jacket. lol I am that guy I was making fun of. I just dont see where it makes sense to buy a monster anymore. Besides the Hypermotard and the Multistrada, I dont see one bike in ducati’s lineup that does anything better or cheaper than their competition.

    • enzomedici

      From this photo it looks like an obvious issue. Anyone with a normal sized foot would hit their heel on the guard on the pipe. Wow. Horrible design.

    • enzomedici

      The foot peg issue looks obvious from this photo Not much room except for the smallest of feet.

  • Clint Keener

    10/10! Much wow!

  • NOCHnoch

    Wes, what suit are you wearing in the second to last photo?

    • Samushko L Tangerine

      I don’t think that’s Wes, it looks like an official photo. I don’t see Wes in Ducati branded gear tbh, and the photo looks retouched.

      • Wes Siler

        Yeah, they’re stock shots. Swapping in mine now.

      • NOCHnoch

        Good point. And they axed the photo, so there’s that. Shame, I thought it was a good looking suit.

  • JT

    I’ve never owned a Ducati but I’ve always lusted after them. They are the epitome of the hot motorcycle.

    I’m afraid that if I ever do own one that motorcycling will no longer be as much fun some how. It’s best to keep somethings out of reach I think.

    • Gonfern

      It’s a known fact that you are not allowed to smile while riding or standing next to your Ducati.

      • bbradsby

        Not true. Per the owners manual, an appreciative, slightly raised eyebrow and glint are allowed when a bella chic gives a Duc rider the eye as she walks by.

    • nick2ny

      Ducati I bought was the best purchase of my lifetime.

    • Comic Chuck Ludwig

      I had a Ducati and it’s true, after owning a it, motorcycling wasn’t fun anymore…because the bike was always in the shop.

    • bbradsby

      Painful to read. You should seek therapy fast and/or just buy that Duc. The latter will be cheaper, better, an’ mofun.

  • chris ordanez

    Great review, but I think this might be a slight typo: “Obvious, new-for-2014 rivals are going to be the $13,150 Ducati S 1000 R…”.

    I take it that’s supposed to read “BMW’ instead of “Ducati”.

    Here’s hoping the rest of the Monster lineup gets some of the design cues of the 1200. They could use a little prettying up.

  • Gabe

    such article. wow. many word. review good.

  • Paul Cypert

    Ducatii are like Porsches to me. They keep improving the performance, but you can’t really tell it’s anything new by looking at it. Still far and away better than other nakeds appearance wise don’t get me wrong. Guess they use all the time saved from thinking up new looks to just work performance LOL.

    • Braden

      I’ve always thought the same. You could even take the analogy a step further. Porsche’s bullheaded insistence on keeping the 911 series rear-engined is equally matched by Ducati’s resolute dedication to the desmodromic valve design. Looking at the Ducati Performance parts catalogue, something tells me their profit margins are similar to Porsche’s as well.

    • TP

      And they’re now part of VWGroup too

  • Kemal Kautsar

    much jealous
    very envy

  • Kr Tong

    lead photograph by a potato.

  • Steve Lam

    I don’t think my Z1000 is hideous.

    • Mark D

      I saw one in the wild. It looks badshit crazy, but also really nice. Its not “classy,” but fuck classy.

  • Andrea Cirigliano

    For almost 20 years the Ducati Monster had some of the best balance of stability at high speeds, dynamic agility and engine power of the naked segment.

    But now, with the new 1200 model I’m kinda skeptical, what about the longer “diavelish” wheelbase? Sure it makes more stable breaking and accelerations but I have the impression that – in order to make it easier to ride and more comfortable – Ducati sacrified the agility for which the Monster brand is famous.

    The Monster S4RS was as agile and light as the 2valve air coled models yet as powerful as a 999, but the Monster 1200′ specs (increased dimensions, wight and wheelbase) are more similar to a power cruiser (diavel anyone) than to a sport naked bike.

    These are few datas I just took from the website

    900s 185kg / 407lb
    S4RS 177kg / 390lb

    In terms of weight (and power obviosuly) S4RS was a big step forward the previous 2valve air colled version

    1100S 168kg / 370lb
    1200S 182kg (401lb)

    …while the 1200S just can’t do the same.

    • Bruce Steever

      This “stability at high speeds” that you speak of…have you ever ridden an S4RS?

      • Andrea Cirigliano

        I said BALANCE of stability at high speeds, dynamic agility and engine power, I didn’t say it’s the best motorcycle in terms of stability, but it’s as stable at high speed as agile at cornering… instead, with the new 1200 Monster, in order to effectively manage the extra power and ensure good stability Ducati engineers had to stretch the wheelbase by 60 mm…. very close to the Diavel wheelbase, they’re more numbers of a muscle cruiser bike than of naked sport bikes you know.

        Maybe you’r confusing areodynamic protection at high speed with stability at high speed, they’re two different thing… and… I know what

        • Andrea Cirigliano

          …I’m talking about since I OWN a monster S4rs

          • Bruce Steever

            Not confused here. The RS is certainly agile, but stability was woefully lacking on anything other than smooth pavement. Even after spending a bunch of time setting up our demo unit, the thing always felt a half-breath away from a tank-slapper of epic proportions. Too much engine, not enough chassis to manage it.

            • Andrea Cirigliano

              The S4rs chassis is 5% stiffer due to a different kind of steel used to build the frame, the only problem I had is the lack of a steering dumper, ’cause the engine is too “explosive” after hitting 7000rmp with thefirst 3 gears (especially the 2nd)…with a good aftermarket steering dumper believe mr you will notice a big difference.
              btw since Ducati had to stretch the wheelbase by 60mm makes me think It’s the 1200′s frame which has some sort of stability issue… there are tons of sportbikes with more power year after year but they dont feature different wheelbase from their previos model. As far as i know 1098 wheelbase is just like the 999 and so the panigale…

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  • ridehappy

    Thank you! I’ve been waiting for a test ride report since the local dealership threw a little party to show off Monster 1200S. It’s a bad-ass looking bike that somehow looks better in person than the stock pictures and more naked, edgier, and gnarlier than 1100evo. There was no hands-on demo. I sat on it and looked at it for a long time. Monster 1200S isn’t available in the US market until March. But I would be lying to say that I did not consider trading in my 2013 1100evo with Termi right there for the new Monster’s glorious 145 horsepower, cleaner tail, adjustable seat and more comfortable sitting position. Make no mistake. I LOVE my little 1100evo. Best purchase ever! But Monster 1200S makes me feel unfaithful and tormented. If someone can just tell me the new Monster does not ride better than 1100evo……..

  • Garrett Nelson

    Can’t wait to ride one of these things. I sat on one when it came to my local Ducati dealer during the Monster tour. The adjustable seat is nice as I’m a really tall guy, but the foot pegs are not in a good position. To me it almost felt like the position of the pegs was narrower then the seat. Hopefully Ducati Performance has some good aftermarket options. Still, this is going to be one amazing bike if the only problem is pegs aren’t perfect.

  • Rameses the 2nd

    I saw Super Duke at Progressive motorcycle show this weekend and it was such an awesome bike. Badass beyond anything in existence. I personally prefer it over monster for looks, but style is a personal preference thing. Now only if I could justify spending $17,000+ on a toy.

    • Bruce Steever

      The cool thing about the 1290 is that it’s a viable daily driver, too, thanks to decent comfort, good range, and sweet driveability.

      • Ryland Brown

        Which is something the Duke never was prior to the current iteration.

  • Jonathan Berndt

    i felt the same way, ive owned 4 Ducatis. always wanted a KTM though, so i bought an LC4 which led to a 525 Supermoto, and eventually to my 990 Super Duke.

    i had the LC4 for 9 years and just stopped riding my 748, drained all its life fluids and put it in the living room where it sat for 12yrs. i finally sold it this spring and used the money to buy a John Deere, lol!

    thing is my KTM is more fun (fantastic seating position) in the real world than any Ducati ive ever owned. it doesnt have TC or ABS but it wheelies in 3rd off the throttle. i keep sitting on Ducs at the shows or in a show room, and they are pretty but there is always something not right, awkward reach, something interfering with foot position. the only bike on my radar after 6 years with my Superduke, is the new 1290

  • Speedo007

    Is it worth upgrading from the Evo1100 for one of these? I mean I know it has more power, etc…but overall, strictly grin-factor speaking…?

    • Braden

      I was wondering the same thing with my 1100EVO. I like to think of it this way. We own the very last and best word in the traditional 2 valve, air-cooled motors Ducati has been known for. The new models are definitely alluring, but it’s nice having a mix of the old (2V, air-cooled, lightweight) and the new (traction control, ABS).

    • Marc

      Only way to find out is to test one. The new multi is much better than the old one, but I still prefer the old one for its Ducati-ness. From an aesthetic standpoint, the only Monsters I would ever want are the M900, the S2R, or the 1100 Evo. With a smooth(er) water cooled motor (and an extra 50 lbs) it is unquestionably a faster, better motorcycle but if I want a great, smooth fast naked, I’ll be on a Speed Triple R or a Tuono.

      • Speedo007

        I’ve owned a Speed Triple and though it was awesome in every aspect, it can’t be compared to the 1100evo. The evo has less power, less torque, but so much more character! The Tuono would be more in the same league of the new Monster indeed. The sound and grunt of that V4 is just crazy.

    • Ian Tan

      I love my grumpy, grunting 1100 Evo but I’m not a fan of its tiny fuel tank. The bike is beautiful, responsive and full of character, but I am tired of topping up every 130 or 140km before the reserve light comes on. I’m glad Ducati gave the 1200 a bigger tank.

      • Braden

        Interesting that the new 1200S has moved the battery out from under the tank to the space between the swingarm and motor. Not only will that make the battery less of a pain to get to but I’m sure helps the increase in tank capacity. The drop down to 3.6 gallons on the 1100EVO due to the ABS module and battery is one of the few things I don’t like about the bike.

        • Ian Tan

          I really love riding my 1100 Evo, and I do so every day if possible – the sound and engine rumble is always a pleasure to listen to. However, I keep having to check my trip meter and get paranoid about running out of petrol every time. A totally unnecessary distraction!

  • jefflev

    Maybe time to trade in my ancient Diavel……..

  • Joseph42s

    I hate reading, What happened to your videos. They were awesome, and probably what drew most of us out of our Recension Depression!

    Side note: I actually love reading, just want more videos :)

  • Price Action Guru

    Would love to hear how this new Monster 1200 S compares to the 2007-2008 Monster S4Rs.

  • Nick Napoda

    “Feeling more like a very torque inline-four than it does the uneven, grumpy V-twins that Ducati used to put out”. Is that supposed to be a good thing???

  • enzomedici

    Much grammar. So Doge. Wow.

  • Jonathan Berndt

    probably not!

  • Mark Thompson

    KTM has announced a US MSRP of $16,999 for the 1290. I think it might be worth the extra jack.

    • Bruce Steever

      It is. I haven’t ridden the Monster yet, honestly, but it won’t challenge the 1290.

  • Y.A.

    Cant believe they killed the Streetfighter for this. From punk rocker to triathalon accountant. No style

    • Harve Mil

      Agreed. The new Monster is a world of heavyweight cheapness compared to the 1098 Streetfighter S. Best part about the new monster is that they make used Streetfighter S’s even more affordable. Add some Termis, a new fuel map with cat delete, quickshifter, EVR slipper, and new rearsets and you have a godlike bike among bikes.

      • Y.A.

        I feel like these new Monsters will drive up SFS prices. Ducati is showing that there’s no chance of an SFS replacement- a naked Panigale would be too expensive and would get cannibalized by this. To be honest I was never a fan of the old S2R/S4Rs either. But at the end of the day, I’d rather Ducati be around, than go out of business making bikes I like but would probably never buy new anyway.

  • DucMan

    Nice, but I like my Monsters like I like my women–air cooled, light weight, and high maintenance.

  • Mark Thompson

    How is a bike with footpegs only suitable for amputees totally sorted? I do however like the 18k mi service intervals a lot. Well done by Ducati to put a real effort into reducing maintenance costs.

  • bbradsby

    Your narrative on liking this engine lost some credibility at “The motor is smooth, feeling more like a very torque inline-four than it does the uneven, grumpy V-twins that Ducati used to put out. “Just before the ‘stretta engine were the longer stroke 996/916, which I don’t recall ever being called grumpy. Those engines were real goers, and I actually preferred the feel and drive of my 996 over that of my 999 short stroke ‘stretta. Never grumpy, Hella Lumpy.

  • Adrian Black

    Wes … You’ve given the Monster 1200S a 10/10, but I wonder if you’d have it over a Tuono?

    • Wes Siler

      It’s a much more sorted bike than the Tuono. Yes, the V4 makes more power, but the Monster has much better suspension, better brakes and a much more confidence inspiring front end. The Tuono’s great, but a little wayward.

  • Stuki

    A KTM priced “higher” than a competing Ducati with top spec Ohlins and Brembo, does seem a bit weird. Never ridden either bike in question, and never even seen the new Monster; but after riding both the 1190 Adventure and Multistrada (and water GS. And preferring the 1190 nonetheless….); KTM must really have upped the “expensiveness/specialness” feeling of the 1290 to make the higher price justifiable; for anyone other than pure “performance uber alles” junkies.

    On another note; does 150hp naked bikes for $15+k make any kind of sense whatsoever, regardless of make? I mean, that’s petty much the price for an fz-09 AND a literbike with enough wind protection to be usable at speeds where all that power serves some other purpose than bragging rights.

  • Rich Wentz

    Love it but to be honest the MG Guzzi is more appealing. Might not have the power or the numbers but for some reason just cooler.