I rode a Ducati once. It was horrifying. It’s too fast, too heavy, and way too expensive to ride comfortably without a care in the world. Suffice to say, I don’t want to ride one again (just kidding – I’ll manage the weight, as long as I don’t have to pay for it). You might feel different, though, so you may be interested in the new Ducati Monster 1200 R, the outfit’s latest naked motorcycle.
Based extensively on the 1200 S, it combines parts from the 145-hp naked, with components from the 1299 Panigale and a host of new elements. Fitted with a reworked version of the L2 Testastretta 11 Dual Spark R engine and an all-new exhaust system, it puts out an impressive 160 horsepower and 97 pound-feet of torque, earning the crown as the most powerful naked motorcycle to ever appear on the badge’s roster.
All that power, combined with a slightly lighter overall weight compared to the 1200 S, allows the Ducati Monster 1200 R to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in as little as 3.2 seconds, making for a two-wheel steed that’s scarily fast. Since fast bikes deserve to run on tracks, it gets a new racing-derived frame structure that enables a lean angle of 50-degrees, ensuring it’s capable enough to speed through race tracks without any additional adjustments. Features include fully-adjustable shocks and suspension, 48-mm titanium nitride-coated forks, forged alloy wheels, Brembo Monobloc M50 brakes, a full-color TFT instrument panel, and the same Ducati Safety Pack found in most all of the marquee’s recent releases.
The Ducati Monster 1200 R will be presented to the public at the upcoming Milan Motorcycle Show (EICMA) in November.