2014 Ducati Monster 1200 – Water-Cooling an Icon

11/04/2013 @ 8:20 am, by Jensen Beeler24 COMMENTS

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With the Ducati 1199 Superleggera already shown ahead of the 2013 EICMA show, the big news from Milan for Ducati is the long-rumored 2014 Ducati Monster 1200.

Saying goodbye to the Monster’s air-cooled v-twin, the Monster 1200 takes a page of history from the Ducati S4/S4R, and uses Ducati’s water-cooled Testastretta 11° motor (as seen on the Ducati Multistrada 1200 and Ducati Diavel) for its locomotion.

Surely to ruffle a few feathers with the hardcore Ducatisti, the water-cooled engine isn’t the only big innovation for the Ducati Monster 1200, as the motorcycle is the continuation of Ducati’s chassis philosophy, as seen on the Ducati 1199 Panigale. As such, both the steel trellis main frame, and steel subframe, attach directly to the Testastretta 11° engine’s cylinder heads.

Touring fans will be happy to hear that the new Ducati Monster 1200 comes with a 17.5 liter fuel tank, the biggest ever for the Monster line. Though what we think will really get your fancy is that power for the base model is 135hp at 8,750 rpm, while torque is 87 lbs•ft at 7,250 rpm.

Although the exhaust routing can be a bit distracting, the overall aesthetic of the 2014 Ducati Monster 1200 is both true to the original machine, and also a fresh approach for this next iteration.

Other details of note are the Monster 1200’s banana seat, which is adjustable in height, and the Monster 1200’s LCD display, which is similar to the unit on the Panigale. Available March 2014, new Monster 1200 owners can expect to plunk down $13,495 at their local Ducati dealership.

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Source: Ducati

Comment:

  1. @DaveMinella says:

    And the best part about it? So long, Steetfighter, you hideous thing, you.

  2. Frito says:

    Oh yes, deposit put down a month ago and I do not regret it.

  3. Ray says:

    I honestly like the looks of this better than the “current” air cooled Monsters. While I like the exhaust routing’s snake-like curves, it sure will make replacing belts a pain…

    Oh…and wheels on this one sure look sweet.

  4. Tifo says:

    Hmm…I like the simplicity and minimalism of the subframe…not so sure about the trellis…er…frame? It’s a bit short and fat looking. Doesn’t seem to quite fit or something and I still don’t like Ducati’s new wheel design. It’s a bit too tarty and to me looks cheap. Over all though I reckon it’s a job well done. Looks like a Monster should and the water cooling seems to have added very little extta bulk aesthetically. It will be interesting to see where it leads. New top spec S4R a like maybe?

  5. Tifo says:

    I should just add that it is still by far the best looking naked bike out there though. IMHO of course.

  6. Zano says:

    Looks like it will fit nicely next to my 1200 Mulitstrada S.

    Check the units on the torque specs though.

    That motor has plenty of torque but not that much.

  7. Coreyvwc says:

    The “Icon” has already been water cooled in the past… Did everyone already forget about the fire breathing Monster S4RS from way in 2007? You know, the one with the motor pulled strait from the 999 Superbike!

  8. ross ewich says:

    what is with all this “mashed in/pulled down” head lights and “drag the guts on the ground” styling? the KTM Super Duke R, the recent Kawasaki, that MV… and now the venerable Monster?

    i swear- every one of those profiles will fit +/-10% into the same cookie cutter.

    do not like.

  9. Norm G. says:

    re: “Although the exhaust routing can be a bit distracting, the overall aesthetic of the 2014 Ducati Monster 1200 is…”

    (drumroll, wait for it, wait for it)

    …naked diavel.

  10. eg says:

    @ DaveMinella , I loved the SF and thought it was one of ducati’s best. I- owned a 2010 1100s and a 2012 evo and SF 1098 was one of the best bikes I ever owned. The design to me was flawless and when talking about power, it was a demon to ride. I hope this one stands up to it. In all great bikes

  11. Norm G. says:

    re: “While I like the exhaust routing’s snake-like curves, it sure will make replacing belts a pain”

    FYI, your keen observation means I now get to hold you accountable. I suggest you start planning/budgeting accordingly. you have a whopping 18,000 miles to prepare. no whining/no excuses 2 years from now.

  12. Anvil says:

    I need to see this bike in person. Much of it looks nice but that tank shape is distracting.

    The chassis should work fine for its intended purpose.

    I’m with Norm on this one; it does have hints of a naked Diavel, although it’s not quite as front-heavy and the riding position is clearly sporty.

  13. Halfie30 says:

    While I know it’s not necessary anymore, I miss the intake holes on the tank. Helps make the shape pop in front a bit. I was hoping for something a bit more “muscley” looking, but the simplicity is cool too. Nothing some aftermarket love won’t fix.

  14. Bryce says:

    I like it is
    That the price for the states or Aus ??

  15. paulus says:

    Not getting it… all Ducati’s are evolving into Britten’s. Bits of seat/tank plopped on top of the V twin.

  16. Faust says:

    Full TFT display on the Monster but only LCD for the 899? M50 calipers on the 1200 S but M4s on the 899…. Ducati is confusing me. I still plan on getting an 899, but I don’t see why they would do a TFT display on these and not the 899 when they already have all the parts and mounting figured out on the bigger Panigale. I mean why does a naked bike with 145hp need M50 Brembos but a bike listed on their site as a “superbike” with 148hp doesn’t rate them?

  17. B-ry says:

    much better than the last “new” version…

  18. tonyfumi says:

    TFT instruments are nice but NO fuel gauge and NO gear indicator are pretty big omissions if you are trying to convince us that data/info is more comprehensive with a digital dash.

    I’n not against water cooling but it wrecks the styling on this bike and I think Ducati are moving into dangerous territory with a bike like this. It ain’t as stylish as before and it ain’t as quick as some other bikes and it ain’t cheap …..so why buy one?

  19. Frito says:

    @tonyfumi

    It’s a few hundred more than its nearest competitors, the Speed Triple/R. Figure in fancy electronics and such and that makes up for it. I think ducati is straying away from making crazy naked bikes like some companies such as KTM and the new BMW naked. Let those companies have that little gap for a 180+ bhp naked.

    Fuel gauge, thats your gripe. I fill up every 100 miles no matter what. It has a fuel light for when running low, that is good enough.

  20. Nick says:

    I like everything but that oil cooler. It looks weird and the body color finishing draws attention to it. Otherwise, the move to the stressed member engine and liquid cooling was inevitable, we knew they would do it. The air cooled monster will remain the best looking. But it’s you, consumers, who are demanding more more more. So they gave you what you asked for. And it’s not what it used to be.

  21. Anthony says:

    Ugly as hell

  22. Enzo says:

    What? No fuel gauge and no gear position indicator? What the hell is the purpose of a nice TFT display if you can’t get basic information? The fact that it is 2013 and motorcycles still don’t have fuel gauges and gear position indicators is a joke. What the fuck is so hard about these basic stats? I don’t get it.

  23. Gary says:

    Major improvement! They’ve almost got it! I would like to see the air cooled 2-valve stay in the line though. Such a rewarding little motor.