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Launched in 1993 and a part of the Ducati model line-up ever since, the Ducati Monster has become as synonymous with the Italian motorcycle manufacturer as its race-bred superbikes. In a time when Japanese motorcycles were either plastic-clad sportbikes or Harley-Davidson wannabees, the first generation Ducati Monster is oftentimes attributed with making “naked” bikes cool again. The Ducati Monster’s styling, with exposed trellis frame and air-cooled V-Twin engine, was elegant and simple yet sporty. It was also considered an affordably priced Italian exotic.

The original M900 Ducati Monster borrowed its six-speed transmission and hydraulically-operated dry clutch as well as its engine from its Ducati 900SS stablemate. The air/oil-cooled, 2-valve-per-cylinder, V-Twin Desmo engine displaced 904cc and produced a claimed 73 horsepower and 56 lb.-ft. of torque. The M900 Ducati Monster was light (408 lbs. dry), compact and at home cruising in the city as well as carving canyon roads.

The M900 Ducati Monster was followed by a variety of Ducati Monsters with differing engine sizes. Model configurations included the: 1995 Ducati Monster 600, 1996 Ducati Monster 750, 1998 Ducati Monster 600 Dark, Ducati Monster 900 Cromo and Ducati Monster 900 S. In 2000, fuel injection – the first real technical advancement – was added. In 2001 the Ducati Monster S4 was launched and featured the liquid-cooled 916 cc Desmoquattro superbike engine and new transmission. In 2002 the displacement of the Ducati Monster 600 was bumped up to 620cc while all models were gifted with fuel injection. 2003 saw the introduction of the Ducati Monster 800 and Ducati Monster 1000.

2011 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO

Though a seemingly endless stream of Ducati Monsters followed the original Ducati Monster 900, the bike had maintained its original style until a new 2004 Ducati Monster model changed everything. The Ducati Monster S4R was powered by a liquid-cooled, L-Twin cylinder, 4-valve-per-cylinder, Desmodromic 996cc engine. With twin, staggered mufflers hanging from the right rear of the bike and a single-sided swingarm, the S4R also denoted a significant styling update to the Ducati Monster line-up. In 2005 the Ducati  Monster S2R, with a smaller 801cc engine, joined the league of Ducati Monsters. In 2006 Ducati took the performance of the Ducati Monster to its highest peak with the Ducati Monster S4RS. The S4RS was powered by Ducati’s liquid-cooled, 998 cc, L-Twin cylinder Desmodromic engine producing a claimed 130 horsepower.

For 2007 the Ducati Monster S4R and S4RS gained the Testastretta nomenclature with performance upgrades such as suspension and brake components sourced from Ducati’s 999 model. The Ducati Monster 695 was also added to this year’s model line, replacing the Ducati Monster 620. In 2008 Ducati introduced the air-cooled Monster 696 which set the tone for future Ducati Monsters. Two new air-cooled Ducati Monsters are introduced in 2009, the Monster 1100 and 1100S, as all liquid-cooled Ducati Monsters were discontinued. That same year the Streetfighter model is launched and is Ducati’s new format for high-performance naked bikes.

In 2010 the Ducati Monster 796 joins the stable, and in 2011 the three available Monsters – 696, 796, 1100EVO – can be dressed in a “Monster Art” kit GP Replica collection from Ducati. The kit transforms the Ducati Monster into a tribute of either MotoGP riders Nicky Hayden or Valentino Rossi.

Ducati Monster Reviews

2011 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO Review

The Monster 1100 is the latest bike in Ducati's lineup to receive the EVO up-spec treatment. With 246,483 Monsters sold since the model line’s debut, creating a standard like the 1100 EVO seems a good way to kick off the 18th year of Monster production.

2011 Ducati Monster 796 Review

Pound for pound, Ducati’s newest naked, the Monster 796, might be the best of combination of all things that make a Monster. Slotting in between the 696 and the 1100, the 796 is the perfect combo of its Monster mates.

2011 Ducati Mega Monster Spy Shots!

It appears Ducati is targeting the lucrative American cruiser market with the 2011 Mega Monster, a fat-tired, low-seat muscle cruiser recently seen undergoing development testing on public roads in Italy.

2009 Ducati Monster 1100 Review

The new Monster 1100 offers real charisma with its honest but visceral motorcycle charm. It’s stylish and classy, and its responsive V-Twin provides second-gear throttle wheelies that prove to be endlessly entertaining.

2009 Ducati Monster 1100 Unveiled

Ducati unveils the new range-topping model of its iconic Monster series, as shown at the Paris motorcycle show.

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Ducati Monster Comparisons

2011 Aprilia Shiver vs. 2011 Ducati Monster 796 Shootout

We didn’t ride Ducati’s new Monster 796 and Aprilia’s updated Shiver 750 on the same day, but our time on each was so close together, and their performance so similar, we came up with a quicky 2011 Italian Roadster comparison anyway.

2010 Triumph Street Triple R vs. 2011 Ducati Monster 796 Shootout

Triumph’s Street Triple R was our favorite of all bikes last year. Does the STR still have what it takes to remain one of our most loved motorcycles after we pit it against Ducati’s all-new 2011 Monster 796 in a naked middleweight duel?

Ducati Monster 1100 vs Harley-Davidson XR1200 Review

We compare the Harley-Davidson XR1200 and the Ducati Monster 1100, two machines that are literally half a world apart in origin, and probably a galaxy apart in styling philosophy, as America takes on Italy in an air-cooled V-Twin streetfighter shootout.

2003 Naked Twins

Spending all that quality naked time has JB torqued up and in vintage form. Here, we find him blaspheming the holy name of the SV650 to anoint the first American king since Kenny Roberts. Controversy, thy name is Burns!

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