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Ducati Monster 1200S review, test ride

At first glance, there is no doubt that this is a Monster. For over two decades, the Monster has been the face of naked bikes, with its bulbous tank and trellis frame.

At first glance, there is no doubt that this is a Monster.

For over two decades, the Monster has been the face of naked bikes, with its bulbous tank and trellis frame. The new Ducati stays true to its design heritage, though now it's longer than before.

This Monster has gained 63mm and is now 1511mm long. Not for more stability as you might think, but to give the rider and pillion more room. Yes, Ducati wants you to be comfortable on this bike. After all, a 45-year-old male, who is their target, values his comfort. The other interesting dimension of this motorcycle is the seat height, or rather seat heights. The seat height is adjustable down from 785mm up to 810mm. There is also an aftermarket seat available that lowers the seat height by another 40mm! So, whether you're a five or six-footer, you will always be comfortable with this bike. The large, comfortable seats and big 17.5-litre tank means you can clock a decent number of kilometres before requiring to stop. The only ergonomic complaint came from big-footed riders, who complained about the rear foot peg fouling with the back of their boots.

Fact File

Engine

Type 1198.4 cc, Type Testastretta 11°, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Dual Spark, Desmodromic, liquid cooled

Torque 143bhp at 8750rpm

Power to weight 12.7kgm at 7250rpm

Transmission

Type 6-speed

Dimensions

Wheel base 1511mm

Chassis & Body

Weight 182kg

  • First Published Date : 24 Feb 2014, 03:00 PM IST

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