Ducati took the covers off the new Monster 1200 R, the most powerful and sophisticated addition to the Monster family. The new Monster 1200 R has been designed for all those who make sports performance their lifestyle and wish to turn each ride into an adrenaline-packed experience without forgoing the essential, practical appeal of a naked model.
Equipped with a 1200-cubic centimete Testastretta 11-degree DS “R” version twin-cylinder engine, the Monster 1200 R takes the Ducati naked sports bike concept to the extreme. Compared to the Monster 1200 S engine, the twin-cylinder “R” version delivers 10 percent more power and 5.5 percent more torque. Its 160 horsepower and 13.4 kgm (97 pound-feet) torque turn the Monster 1200 R into a naked super-sport bike able to show its true colors on a race track while making the rider feel perfectly comfortable during daily commutes – thanks to a full-bodied, smooth delivery at low and medium engine speeds.
The “R” spirit that inspired the new Monster 1200 is immediately recognizable in its completely redesigned, compact, lightweight and high-slung tailpiece, seat and high-mounted plate holder. The bike set-up and technical features are in line with the power rating of its “R” twin-cylinder engine. The latest naked model out of the Ducati factory features a higher stance than the Monster 1200 S, for more extreme lean angles and to make the most of the Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires. At the rear end, grip is guaranteed by the 200/55 x ZR17 size tires.
The Monster 1200 R is equipped with new suspensions and Öhlins steering damper, and separate rider and passenger footpegs to enhance its racing-inspired riding experience. The new naked sports model by Ducati is even lighter than the S version, thanks to the new tailpiece, forged wheels, and carbon fiber components – bringing the total dry weight down to 180 kilograms.
The nose fairing, radiator trim with engraved “R” logo, and the two available color schemes – Ducati Red and Thrilling Black – give this bike the unmistakable, sophisticated, sport-inspired Ducati touch.
The Monster 1200 R is also equipped with the Ducati Safety Pack including the anti-lock brake system (ABS) and Ducati Traction Control systems to enhance vehicle performance, optimize control and improve overall riding safety. This package is managed by three different Riding Modes (Sport, Touring and Urban): three different Monster R “souls” delivered by different settings of the power mode, the ABS and Traction Control systems.