A newish Monster 1200 was launched at EICMA today, boasting a sleeker fuel tank, a redesigned tail section, and an all-new headlight. Oh, and also revised footpegs that will allow feet to better fit active riding positions. The new 1200 Monster and Monster S feature the latest Testastretta 11° DS engine, and, due to new throttle bodies and exhaust, the base model Monster enjoys 15 ponies more than the previous Monster 1200 (150 hp at 9,250 rpm), while the already more powerful S model enjoys a more modest 5-horsepower bump.

Whereas the base model Monster is suspended by a Kayaba fork and Sachs shock, the S is outfitted with fully adjustable Öhlins equipment. The S model also rolls on Y-spoke wheels compared to the standard’s 10-spoke hoops.

2014 Ducati Monster 1200 S – First Ride Review

Other highlights of the S model include upgraded M50 Brembo calipers over the base model’s M432 calipers, the Ducati Quick Shift (up/down) system, and a carbon fiber front fender. Both models share electronics including: riding modes, power modes, Ducati Safety Pack (Bosch Cornering ABS+ DTC + DWC), RbW, passenger seat cover, anti-theft system ready, DMS ready, DDA, LED position light and tail light, USB power socket, and full-color TFT display.

What the Monster S lacks of its R counterpart is the higher-spec engine (160 hp at 9,250 rpm and 97 lb.-ft. of torque at 7,750 rpm), forged wheels, and about 10 pounds less curb weight.

Pricing and colors for the Monsters are as follows: $14,695 for the base model Red Monster 1200, $16,995 – red, and $17,195 – gray for the S model. The R models retail for $19,095 for the Red color, $19,295 for the Black.

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  • JMDonald

    20 large for the R. I should buy two at that price. How much is the Tuono Factory? Less dear readers. Less.

    • Born to Ride

      I see nothing here but a price hike and less passenger friendly saddle/tail. At least they got rid of those god awful passenger peg castings but the equally god awful TFT panel instrumentation appears unchanged.

  • Buzz

    It looks like Ducati went back to a more original style Monster tank. Kind of old and new at the same time.