Ducati S4R Press Release

John P Burns
by John P Burns
Ducati North America announces Monster S4R pricing and availability.

(Cupertino, California) Ducati North America today announced pricing andavailability in North America for the much anticipated Monster S4R.

The Ducati Monster is a commercial success but also a social phenomenon:with 130,000 motorcycles sold over ten years, it is considered a landmark inmotorcycle history.


The Monster S4R is a new and fascinating hi-tech evolution of the firstmass-production "café racer", the best-loved "naked" motorcycle in Italy andall over the world.
With 113 HP, the Monster S4R is the most powerful naked Ducati ever made: itboasts the championship-winning, electronic injection, water-cooledDesmoquattro 996 engine.The features and technical specifications have been improved considerably,making this new bike an enormous step up from the previous s4 version. Oneof the most dramatic changes is a stunning MH-inspired single-sided aluminumrear swing arm.
Among an entire host of exciting new features are a practical and elegantvariable cross-section aluminum handlebar and a newly designedmultifunctional instrument panel.

Initial deliveries of the 2004 Monster S4R will commence in the U.S. andCanada in June of this year. Pricing is as follows:

US: $13,495
Canada: $19,995

Preliminary specifications are listed below:


Chassis Specifications
Frame Tubular steel trellis
Wheelbase 1440 mm / 56.7 in
Rake 24°
Front suspension Showa upside-down fully adjustable 43 mm fork
Front wheel travel 130 mm/5.1 in
Front brake 2 x 320 mm discs, 4-piston caliper
Front wheel 5-spoke light alloy 3.50x17
Front tire 120/70 ZR 17
Rear suspension Progressive linkage with Showa fully adjustable monoshock
with piggyback. Aluminum single armed swing-arm
Rear wheel travel 148 mm / 5.8 in
Rear brake 245 mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Rear wheel 5-spoke light alloy 5.50x17
Rear tire 180/55 ZR 17
Fuel tank capacity 15 l / 3.9 US gal (including 3.5 l / 0.9 US gal reserve)
Weight * 193 kg / 423 lbs
Seat height 803 mm / 31.6 in
Instruments Electronic dashboard: Speedometer, rev counter, neutral light,
oil pressure warning light, low fuel warning light, high beam indicator,
turn signals, immobilize, LCD water temperature, LCD clock
Warranty 2 years unlimited mileage
Tank Colors Red, yellow, black, metallic gray, blue-white
Frame colors Metallic gray (blue with blue-white tank, black with black
tank)
Wheels colors Metallic gray (fluo red with metallic gray tank; white with
blue-white tank, black with black tank)

* = The weight includes battery, lubricants and, where applicable, cooling
liquid.

Engine Specifications
Type L twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder Desmodromic; liquid cooled
Displacement 996 cc
BorexStroke 96x68.8 mm
Compression Ratio 11.6:1
Power 83.4 kW - 113 HP @ 8750 rpm
Torque 95.5 Nm - 9,68 Kgm @ 7000 rpm
Fuel injection Marelli electronic fuel injection, 50 mm throttle body
Exhaust 2 aluminum mufflers

Transmission
Gearbox 6 speed
Ratios 1st 37/15, 2nd 30/17, 3rd 28/20, 4th 26/22, 5th 24/23, 6th 23/24
Primary drive Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.84
Final drive Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 35
Transmission
Gearbox 6 speed
Ratios 1st 37/15, 2nd 30/17, 3rd 28/20, 4th 26/22, 5th 24/23, 6th 23/24
Primary drive Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.84
Final drive Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 35
Clutch Dry multiplate with hydraulic control

Check it out at www.ducati.com.
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