Ducati Monster 1200


Photo from Motociclismo.it.

Ducati’s big-bore, liquid-cooled Monsters like the S4 and S4R S have always been a favorite with us and consumers alike. So when the 1098 was introduced with its brutish Testastretta engine, we figured it would eventually be stuffed into a Monster chassis. However, Ducati stuck it into its new Streetfighter line.

But with Monster sales outnumbering Streetfighter sales 3.5 to 1, it looks like the boys in Bologna finally realized mating the 1199cc engine (from the Multistrada and Diavel) to a Monster chassis is the way forward. We’ll get our first look at the production version of the Monster 1200 November 4, the night before EICMA 2013 begins.

We reported on this discovery back in June, with photos seen in Italian magazine Motociclismo.it, Moto.it and MCN. Not much in the way of official information is available, but it’s all but certain the engine is the 1199cc Testastretta “11 degrees,” which is in reference to valve overlap. The Superbikes used a 41-degree overlap for top end power, while the 11-degree engine provides better low- to mid-range torque which better suits the Monster’s job description. From here we can see a single-sided swingarm and stacked exhaust setup similar to the Diavel. We’d expect some Bologna flair to trickle in to the mix in the form of Ducati’s electronic suite, too.

Update: We’ve now learned a few more details thanks to a Ducati forum member who placed a deposit on a new Monster 1200. According to his dealer, there will be two Monsters initially: a base Monster only available in Ducati red, and a Monster S model, available in both red and white. The base model is priced at $13,990 and features a 135 hp version of the Testastretta engine. The S model, meanwhile, is $16,490 (both prices include all fees) and comes equipped with Ohlins suspension, carbon fiber trim and 10 more horses.