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.