Ducati’s Awesome Monster 1200 R!
To call the recently unveiled Ducati Monster 1200 R impressive is somewhat of an understatement.
Germany is at the center of the world’s attention at the moment, the VW scandal has rocked the broadsheets, Oktoberfest is just about to explode but last month, something far more exciting happened: the Frankfurt Auto Show. While it’s mainly geared towards the four-wheeled market, something else took center stage, as far as my eyes are concerned: this gorgeous machine, the latest addition to the Monster line up.
According to Ducati the new Monster 1200 R is supposedly the most powerful, most refined and quite possibly the fastest naked bike that they’ve ever made. The iconic Desmodromic liquid cooled, eleven degree Testastretta “L” twin engine boasts a whopping 158 hp at 9250 rpm, 131.4 Nm (97 lb-ft)’s worth of torque and a 0 to 62 mph speed of around the 3.2 second margin. The top speed, so they say, tops out at over 155 mph too. With performance like that, this iconic Monster is a proper super sport machine. Again, according to Ducati: “[The 1200 R is] unmistakably Monster, aggressively racing. The Monster 1200 R makes an immediate impact with its sporty, compact and lightweight lines.” It can fit the bill on the track, or work it’s comfortable magic on your daily commute through the city.
Aside from it’s racing aesthetic, the Monster 1200 R also comes equipped with some serious tech under the proverbial hood. The Monster has been treated with updated suspension, with the latest fully adjustable Ohlins units at the front and an adjustable Ohlins mono at the back complete with (you guessed it) an Ohlins steering damper too. The Monster also wears forged wheels shod with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP at the front and rear, and now that the Monster sits with a higher stance, you can get a bit more lean out of those rubbers too. The bike also wears carbon fiber components to help reduce the overall weight; it now has a dry weight of 180 kg (397 lbs).
Of course, the Ducati also comes with traction control and three distinct riding modes and a top of the line Bosch ABS system, which works hand in hand with the bike’s Brembo braking package.
The Monster 1200 R comes in classic Ducati red but you can also opt for what Ducati are calling “Thrilling” black (with a capital “T”) if you want to set your Ducati out from the crowd. I’ve contacted a few dealers but if you want in on the action, you’d better order now. As for price, the only specific answer I received was “coming soon”.