2024 Ducati Monster 30° Anniversario First Look

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

The lightest Monster ever

Ducati announced a limited edition model celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Monster. Ducati has sold 350,000 Monsters since the first model was introduced in 1993, and that number will grow, with the limited run of 500 Ducati Monster 30° Anniversario.

The Ducati Monster 30° Anniversario comes in a special Tricolor livery that celebrates past designs, and the company’s Italian heritage. The green, white and red color is matched with gold from the Öhlins NIX30 fork and wheels. An embroidered 30th anniversary logo on the seat is joined by similar logos on the tank and tail, along with the numbered upper clamp.

The Monster 30° Anniversario offers more than just special colors and logos. Ducati says it has a curb weight of 405.6 pounds, an 8.8-pound weight reduction compared to the standard model. These weight reductions come from a lighter fork, Termignoni slip-on, Brembo Stylema calipers, aluminum flanges on the dual front brake discs, and the forged rims. The anniversary model also comes with a lighter lithium-ion battery, similar to the one installed on the SP model.

Ducati says the anniversary model is the lightest Monster ever. The weight reduction is especially notable considering the 30° Anniversario also adds a steering damper and windscreen compared to the standard Monster.

Beyond these changes, the 30° Anniversario is similar to the regular Monster model. The engine remains the same 937cc Testatretta, claiming an output of 111 hp at 9,250 rpm and 69 lb-ft. at 6,500 rpm. The electronics package includes cornering ABS, traction control, wheelie control, launch control, and three ride modes.

The 2024 Ducati Monster 30° Anniversario is priced at $18,595, a $3,000 premium over the SP model and $5,600 more than the Monster+.

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Monster 30° Anniversario: Ducati celebrates the motorcycle symbol of the naked world

  • The Bologna-based motorcycle manufacturer pays tribute to the motorcycle that changed the world of two wheels with a special model
  • The Monster 30° Anniversario version features a tricolour livery celebrating Made in Italy and will be produced in a limited and numbered series of 500 units
  • It is the lightest Monster ever thanks to benchmark components that enhance its sportiness and dynamic qualities

Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy), 27 July 2023 – Ducati celebrates 30 years of the Monster with a model in a numbered series limited to 500 units. The Monster 30° Anniversario version is the Bologna based manufacturer's tribute to a motorcycle that revolutionized the world of two wheels and which since 1993 has won over the passion of more than 350,000 Monsteristi all over the world.

The Monster has always been this: a sporty engine, perfect for road use, chassis derived from the Superbike, wide handlebars and no fairing. An idea as simple as it is effective, which made it possible to create the motorcycle that reinvented the naked segment and which over the years has evolved several times while always remaining faithful to the original idea.

his special version also maintains the iconic features of the Monster models: an unmistakable style and maximum fun on the road. Its true nature emerges at the very first glance thanks to the Tricolour 30th Anniversary livery inspired by the sportiest Monsters of the past. This livery celebrates Made in Italy, of which Ducati is an ambassador, and is embellished by the gold colour of the rims, specially made for this model, and of the Öhlins NIX30 fork. Other distinctive elements of this model are a seat embellished with an embroidered 30-year logo and the dedicated animation of the dashboard that starts when the ignition is switched on. Finally, each motorcycle is made unique by a plate on the upper clamp with the model’s name and copy number, certificate of authenticity and dedicated motorcycle cover.

The Monster 30° Anniversario is equipped with components which, in addition to enhancing its appearance, also improve its dynamic qualities and allow it to arrive at a curb weight of 184 kg, or 4 kg less than the standard model, already the benchmark in the category for lightness. This milestone is even more important if we consider that components, and therefore weight, such as the steering damper and the windshield have been added compared to the standard model.

The Monster, a modern reinterpretation of the original recipe, is a light, easy-to-handle and fast motorcycle. It is powered by the Testastretta 11° engine, a liquid-cooled 4-valve twin-cylinder with desmodromic timing and 111 horsepower. An extremely reliable and undemanding engine from the point of view of maintenance, thanks to main intervals spread over time (15,000 km for oil changes and 30,000 km for valve clearance checks). It has a full power delivery curve at all revs, especially at medium-low ones, the most used on the road. This means a more responsive engine, which translates into greater riding pleasure.

Extremely functional and effective, the chassis of the new Monster transfers the inspiring principles of the Ducati Superbikes to a road bike. The engine is load-bearing, and a Front Frame is connected to it which conceptually recalls that of the Panigale V4.

The fully adjustable Öhlins suspension boasts a fork that is 0.6 kg lighter than the one used on the Monster and Monster+, and improves the feeling, as well as increasing ground clearance and consequently lean angle. The suspension setup is sporty, and this allows the Monster 30° Anniversario to give great fun when riding on mixed roads, but also between the curbs of a circuit. The Öhlins equipment is completed with an adjustable steering damper that increases precision and accuracy at the highest pace.

The braking system features Brembo Stylema® front calipers (-0.4 kg than the ones on the Monster) and aluminium flanges for the 320 mm front brake discs (0.5 kg lighter than standard on the Monster) and makes the Monster 30° Anniversario perform better in braking and nimbler thanks to a reduction of inertia at the front end. The bike’s nimble character is further improved thanks to the brand-new forged rims, which reduce unsprung weight by 1.86 kg, decreasing the moment of inertia of the front wheel by 21.8% and the rear by 26.9%.

The electronics of the Monster are at the top of the segment. Standard equipment includes ABS Cornering, Ducati Traction Control and Ducati Wheelie Control, all of which can be adjusted to different levels of intervention. The sporty character of the new Monster 30° Anniversario is also highlighted by the Launch Control which ensures lightning-fast starts. This top-of-the-range motorcycle equipment, which also includes the adoption of a lithium battery that contributes to the reduction of the total weight of the motorcycle, allows the Monster 30° Anniversario to safely express its performance.

The three Riding Modes - Sport, Road and Wet - allow the Monster's character to be shaped according to the rider's tastes and needs. Everything is easily managed through the handlebar controls and the 4.3" colour TFT dashboard, featuring racing graphics that recall those of the Panigale V4, with a large rev counter and a complete set of information on the left, including that of the gear engaged.

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Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Bmlgl Bmlgl on Jul 31, 2023

    Save for the wheels, SP looks better. $3000 more than the SP, yikes.

  • 91LT250R 91LT250R on Jan 16, 2024

    At least this special edition isn't just BNG. The weight savings is great, but that should be on all Monsters. The price is hilarious though.