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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.

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.

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