Are You The Ducati Monster 1200?

10/07/2013 @ 1:01 am, by Jensen Beeler9 COMMENTS

Are You The Ducati Monster 1200? ducati monster 1200 tail 635x464

At the German Auto Show, the Boys from Bologna debuted the Ducati 899 Panigale, a “super-mid” version of the Italian company’s superbike platform. A bit too big to be a supersport class machine, the 899 Panigale should however be fun on the track, in a vein that is similar to the Suzuki GSX-R750 and MV Agusta F3 800.

That premise will have to remain as conjecture for us though, as while Ducati’s chosen few are currently gathered in Bologna right now for the press launch of the 2013 Ducati 899 Panigale, Asphalt & Rubber was not among those who crossed the pond for the launch and test ride. Not to worry though, we should start hearing the initial impressions from journalists shortly.

Meanwhile, we can turn our attention to the machines that Ducati has yet to debut to the public, though will be shortly. A&R broke the news last week about the upcoming Ducati 1199 Panigale R Superleggera, and we have already seen spy photos of the Ducati Scrambler (said to be a 2015 model, if it gets the production nod), and a liquid-cooled Ducati Monster 1200.

Turning our attention to the latter in that list, what you see above is a photo of what greeted Ducati dealers when Ducati North America debuted its 2014 line to them last week in New Orleans, and from the look of things, the machine in question appears to be a street-ready roadster.

What we for now will call the 2014 Ducati Monster 1200, this new motorcycle features a water-cooled Testastretta 11° engine, and is supposed to be along the same vein as the Monster S4 and its progeny. No word on specs or price yet, but we wouldn’t be surprised if this machine filled a gap in Ducati’s lineup where the Streetfighter 1098 once resided.

Ducati has slowly been phasing out the larger Streetfighter, which was a fairly niche machine for the brand (code for: it didn’t sell very well); and after dropping the base model, Ducati has left only the “S” model for the 2013 model year.

With the Ducati Hypermotard now using a 821cc version of the Testastretta 11° engine, this new Monster will have to slot into a narrow space so as not to rob sales from other machines in Ducati’s arsenal. Accordingly, we wouldn’t be surprised if it replace the Streetfighter S completely, but as always, time will tell.

Set to debut at the 2013 EICMA show in Milan, we should have official specs in a few weeks time — unless of course, something coms across our way ahead of that time. In the interim…you don’t have to be an ass man to enjoy what’s going on up there.

Source: Bothan Spies

Comment:

  1. Josh says:

    Correction to the article… It dropped the “S” model not the base.

  2. Richard Gozinya says:

    So basically it’s a somewhat lighter and more nimble Diavel? Looks like they’re ditching the air cooled bikes completely. Sad.

  3. Coreyvwc says:

    The tank does not at all follow the lines of any ducati monster from the past. Looks like another street fighter to me.

  4. Damo says:

    I still think they are going to stuff the 821 from the hyper in a monster and sell it sans the electronics for less money.

  5. Josh, the base was dropped before the S, check Ducati.com. Looking at DucatiUSA.com though, I see that both 1098 versions are no longer listed.

    Dick, it’s as much like the Diavel as it is like the Multistrada, in that they all will use the Testastretta 11° engine. Beyond that, no similarities.

    I really see this machine as being a Streetfighter 1098 replacement, but with a Monster name badge. Time will tell though.

  6. simon says:

    confirmed of two engines platforms……..a 821 n 1200 for the 2014 line up of New monsters…….its from international dealer meeting right now in Italy !!!

  7. MikeD says:

    C’mon November 5th . . . ! I’m already drooling thinking of all the new toys even if i can’t afford to buy anything new. LOL.

    On a side note: What’s with this trend of slapping TINY USELESS FRONT MUD GUARDS on Ducatis of late ? ! Is this one of those FORM over FUNCTION kinda deal ?

  8. paulus says:

    The monster is one of Ducati’s best sellers…
    For sure there will be models within the range.

  9. Wentworth GP says:

    Long live the Dry Clutch !!!