Ducati recently launched the latest iteration of its most popular naked bike, the Monster, at the 2014 EICMA motorcycle expo held in Milan, Italy. The new Monster 1200 has been completely redesigned from ground-up, and features all-new bodywork, but retains the line’s familiar muscular silhouette. The new liquid-cooled engine is an updated version of the 1198cc Testastretta 11° unit seen in the erstwhile Superbike 1198, and outputs 135 bhp and 117 Nm of torque.
A new chassis setup sees the signature trellis frame redesigned to form the front subframe, which is bolted directly on to the engine casing along with the rear subframe and the single-sided swingarm, a la the 1199 Panigale. To improve on rider comfort, Ducati has modified the riding ergonomics, with the handle bar brought closer to the rider, and has made the seat height adjustable to suit a variety of riders.
The Monster 1200 will now be easier to control at speed, as a host of electronic rider aids like 3-stage ABS, 8-stage Traction Control and 3-stage Ride-By-Wire will come fitted as standard. The bike will be available in two variants, the standard 1200 and the higher-spec 1200 S, which will feature a 10 bhp power hike and Ohlins suspension components over the standard version.
Expect the new Monster to arrive at our shores by mid-2014, at an estimated on-road price of around Rs 18 lakhs – Rs 20 lakhs