Ducati Monster 1200 S: The High Tech Power Real Monster. Aesthetics, water cooling - first test of the new super-monster. Who can remember? As the end of 1992, the first monster was presented, crispy PS 78 were considered adequate for an extremely sporty naked bike. Today, more than two decades later, this value entry devices is best to shame. The new Monster 1200 S, however, to agree to an almost twice as high power, so as not to lose in the current league of naked power connection.
But in other respects, much has changed. From the purism of the early years - above all the air cooling - is not much more to notice about the new monster. Instead, you can feel the efforts of engineers to fill a basic compact form with as much content: Big engine, powerful water cooling, sturdy fork and a wide 190 rear tire make every delicacy miss. In addition, it can not even afford a monster to negate practical needs: A 17-gallon tank is the result.
It certainly speaks once more for the art of Italian artist and engineers that the result still arouses spontaneous desire. And a few Monster Originals are nothing if not yet received: About the trellis frame, even if he only carries the steering head and the main work is done in terms of rigidity from the engine.
This engine - a Testastretta 11-degree valve overlap and dual ignition - was adopted by the Multistrada and further refined. With higher compression and other mappings he now meets the expectations of a sporty naked bike: He pushes the lower and middle speed range on a terrific way to, depends sensational on gas - because the tuning of ride-by-wire system was perfectly in tune. The same applies to the soundscape: The air cooling is necessary to shed no tears in this regard.
Superbike high-tech. The electronics can not be stopped even if the monster: Three driving modes, an eight-stage traction control and a three-ABS are standard. Everything is controlled via a TFT display (like smartphones), which, however, could be a little bigger. Additional elements of the high-tech package with a superb Öhlins suspension, one of the hallmarks of the S version. Who can find a simpler assembly and reduced to ten horsepower okay too, can save 3000 euros with the basic version.
Better ergonomics. Identical for both models are the new seat with comparatively relaxed leg folding. The saddle also can be adjusted in two stages. This kindness is, however, contradicted by many large passenger-Fußrasterträgern. You are in the way when you're on the front grids with the toe pads; also sucks the huge turning circle. Small adversity blur certainly faster than a chalk drawing in the rain when you pivots back to Voluptuous: There you are happy about the increased agility and werkt relish the handlebars, which is almost wider than the driver's grin.
Ducati Monster 1200S
-Drive: 2-cylinder V-engine (90 degrees), liquid-cooled, two overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder Desmodromic operated; Compression 12.5: 1; Wet sump lubrication; 6-speed manual transmission; O-ring chain.
-Displacement: 1198 cc
-HP / kW: 145/107 maximum torque: 125 Nm at 7250 rev / min
-Chassis: Tubular steel trellis frame, load-bearing engine; Upside-down front fork (43 mm), rear aluminum swing arm; Spring elements v / h fully adjustable; Suspension travel front / rear 130/152 mm; front dual disc brakes (330 mm) with 4-piston calipers, rear Single disc (245 mm) with 2-piston caliper; ABS; Tires front / rear 120 / 70-17 and 190 / 55-17; Aluminum forged wheels.
-Dimensions (L x W x H): 2156 x 830 x 1117 mm Seat height: 785/810 mm Wheelbase: 1511 mm Trail: 93 mm Load: 181 kg Kerb weight: 209 kg Fuel tank capacity: 17.5 liters
-Tip: approx. 250 km / h
-Test consumption: 5.3 l / 100 km
-Price: € 18,895
-Price Test Bike: € 18,895
-Vehicle insurance tax about: € 359.40
Written By Peter Schönlaub, Image and source from kurier.at