New metal – Ducati Monster 1200 R unveiled

1-38 MONSTER 1200 R

Meet the Monster 1200 R, the most powerful and sophisticated new addition to the Monster family.

Equipped with a 1200 cc Testastretta 11° DS “R” version twin-cylinder engine, the Monster 1200 R takes the Ducati naked sports bike concept and delivers 10 per cent more power and 5.5 per cent more torque. The engine is good for 160bhp and 97lb.ft of torque, ensuring smooth delivery at low and medium RPM.

The “R” spirit that inspired the new Monster 1200 manifests itself in the completely redesigned, compact, lightweight and high-slung tailpiece, seat and high-mounted plate holder. The bike also features a higher stance than the Monster 1200 S for more extreme lean angles and to make the most of the Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres.

The Monster 1200 R is equipped with new suspension and an Öhlins steering damper, and now features separate rider and passenger footpegs to enhance its racing-inspired riding experience. The new tailpiece, forged wheels, and carbon fibre components mean it’s even lighter than the S version, bringing the total dry weight down to 180 kg (397 lb).

The Monster 1200 R is also equipped with the Ducati Safety Pack including the ABS and Ducati Traction Control systems and features three different Riding Modes (Sport, Touring and Urban).

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