The Ducati Monster has reached a very significant milestone in its history with the recent delivery of the 350,000th model to the owner by the boss man himself.
The aforementioned model, which is a Monster 1200 S “Black on Black”, was personally delivered to its owner Francois Yves Hervé De Rose, by Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali and the Director of the Ducati Design Center Andrea Ferraresi.
De Rose, who ordered the Monster 1200 S from the Ducati dealer in Milan, was invited to Borgo Panigale for the occasion. The bike was personalized with a plate bearing the number 350,000 and was delivered to the owner accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Claudio Domenicali and a sketch of the Monster signed by the designer Angelo Amato.
The Monster is the biggest selling Ducati model of all time, as well as the longest-serving motorcycle in the range. Its legend was created in 1992 when the company had the intuition of putting on the road a Ducati with a Superbike chassis stripped of the fairings and all elements not strictly necessary.
With the launch of the M900 model, the first Monster ever, Ducati was able to give rise to a new segment of the motorcycle market – the sports naked – creating a bike that has represented a true benchmark for several generations.
Over the course of almost thirty years the Monster has changed, improved and evolved from a technical and aesthetic point of view, but without ever losing sight of its main goal – to be a fun-to-ride bike for motorcyclists from all over the world and inspire new generations of enthusiasts.
History of the Monster
From the legendary Monster 600, which opened the Ducati world to many young motorcyclists, to the second generation with the 696 and 1100 models, passing through the 4-valve versions, up to the most recent 797, 821 and 1200, Monster represents an extraordinary success for the brand and for the Ducati company.
On 2 December 2020, the Borgo Panigale manufacturer presented the new generation of the Monster to the public, which will arrive in dealerships in April 2021. A light and essential bike, inspired by the original recipe from 1992, with a frame derived from the Superbike and a high-performance engine perfect for road use.
Thanks also to the new design, which has evolved in a modern, sporty, elegant and technological direction, the new Monster (also available in a depowered version for A2 license holders) is the ideal choice both for those approaching the world of two wheels for the first time and for the expert rider and is ready to inspire new generations of motorcyclists with brilliant but always easy-to-manage performance, extremely low weight, a nimble and intuitive chassis and a prestigious array of electronic equipment.
While it still has the immediately recognizable traits of the Monster like the fuel tank shaped like a “bison back”, and the “shoulder-embedded” round headlight, the tail now looks sharper and cleaner, resulting in a much more modern looking Monster than before.
The main highlight of the new 2021 Ducati Monster is the fact that it is 18kg lighter than the outgoing Monster 821. Weighing 166 kg dry, the new Monster comes with a lighter front frame, lighter swingarm, lighter wheels, as well as a lighter sub-frame.
To ensure maximum manoeuvrability and comfort, the Monster’s steering angle has been increased by 7° to 36°, the handlebar has been brought closer to the rider’s torso by about 7 cm to have a more upright riding position, and the position of the feet has also been changed, where the legs are now less curled up. All this translates into greater riding ease.
The height from the ground of the seat of the new Monster is 820 mm. This, combined with the narrow sides of the bike, allows the rider to put his feet on the ground very easily.
A seat is available as an accessory that reduces the height from the ground to 800 mm, while still maintaining good padding. Also a kit of springs for the suspension can be purchased, which lower the vehicle by reducing the seat height to 775 mm from the ground.
Powering the new Ducati Monster is the Testastretta 11° 937 cc twin cylinder L-shaped engine that produces 111 hp and 9.5 Nm of maximum torque. Thanks to the increased displacement, the torque is improved at all revs, particularly in the medium-low range, most used on the road and between curves.
Paired to the engine is a new gearbox with the Ducati Quick Shift Up / Down feature fitted as standard. Further complementing the powertrain package are features like ABS Cornering, Traction Control and Wheelie Control, Launch Control, three Riding Modes (Sport, Urban, Touring), and a 4.3″ colour TFT dashboard featuring racing graphics that echo those of the Panigale V4, with a large rev counter that shows the indication of the gear inserted.
To allow each Monsterista to make their bike even more unique, sticker kits have been created that enhance the shapes of the Monster and celebrate Ducati’s sportiness. For those wishing to accentuate the style of their Monster in an even more decisive way, cover kits will also be available.
A wide range of Ducati Performance accessories are also available such as the double Termignoni approved silencer with carbon fibre end caps.
The new Monster is available in Ducati Red and Dark Stealth with black wheels, Aviator Grey with GP Red wheels. For those who want the bike with an even sportier image, there is the Plus version in the same colours with an aerodynamic windshield and the cover for the passenger seat as standard.