This is the Ducati Monster 1200 S – it is “half bike, half hand grenade”, says Pat Malone in The Sunday Times. You might be asking, does putting 143bhp into a ‘naked’ (ie, stripped down body work) 182kg motorbike make sense?
You’ll certainly think twice about it when you’re “heading towards 150mph without so much as a plastic wind deflector for protection and your leathers are flaying you alive”. But “what the hey; it’s a Monster and it’s all about looks – and doesn’t it look absolutely gorgeous?”
For all its ferocity, the bike is also an easy ride, with neutral, featherlight steering, sound suspension and anti-lock brakes that are “a match for the acceleration”. It’s comfortable enough too.
Ducati is an Italian icon, and this model represents a clever improvement that blends the style the bike is known for with improved performance, refinement and riding comfort, says Roland Brown in The Daily Telegraph. It’s “seriously quick”, with excellent handling and agility, and a much improved ride quality over earlier Monster models.
“The result is a bike that succeeds in delivering exciting if not class-leading performance, plus considerably enhanced comfort and practicality, while maintaining the style and character that have made the Monster so popular for so long.” Motorcycle News agrees: “this is the best Monster Ducati has ever made”.
Engine: 1,198cc, V-twin, liquid cooled
Power: 143bhp at 8,750rpm
Torque: 92lb ft at 7,250rpm
Range: 160 miles (estimated)