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Monster 1100 EVO

In the world of Ducati naked motorcycles, the “less is more” concept means “less is monster.” Simply put, less weight equals more fun.

And for 2011, Ducati improved on this concept with their Monster 1100 EVO. The machine mixes a 100 hp Desmodue Evoluzione with a dry weight of 371 lbs, and all the latest in electronics, including the new Ducati Safety Pack, which features ABS plus Ducati Traction Control.

The 1100EVO is the most powerful, two-valve Ducati engine every built. The power is contained in a chassis that’s designed for unrivaled agility and handling, making the Ducati Monster 1100 EVO the ideal street machine.

And when it comes to styling, the naked bike features many tasteful features, including low-level, cannon-style silencers on the right side of the motorcycle, and 10-spoke rims with a design carried over from the Streetfighter and 1198.

The 2011 Monster 1100 EVO carries on the Monster legacy Ducati presented to the world in 1992, one that’s minimal in stature but features the latest in technology.

Ducati Monster 1100EVO Engine

The Monster 1100EVO delivers 100 hp (73,5kW) @ 7500rpm and 75.9 ft. lbs of torque (103Nm) @ 6000rpm.

Compared with the previous Monster 1100, the new engine data performance ensures a more exciting riding experience at high revs and a super-smoother power delivery thanks to a more linear torque curve.

The new Monster 1100EVO is powered by the Desmodue Evoluzione engine which is the first two-valve Ducati to hit the 100 hp. Compared with the previous 1100 cc Twin cylinder air-cooled L Desmodromic, this new engine gives an even greater adrenalin rush thanks to the superior power level at high revs while a more linear torque curve ensures a super-smoother power delivery.

The 1100 cc Twin Desmodromic has been tuned in order to increase both volumetric and combustion efficiency. The inlet ports and the combustion chamber shape have been redesigned, while the new camshafts have an extreme profile to provide an increased valve lift. The pistons are new too and feature an high compression profile. To ensure high standards of reliability the head cooling system has been revised with improved lubrication to enhance the cooling performance.

The Monster 1100EVO features a new APTC wet clutch which ensures quiet operation and long life. In addition, the progressive self-servo mechanism reduces the lever effort at the handlebar and makes the Monster even more practical in traffic.

The Monster 1100EVO APTC wet clutch works with a race-like ‘slipper’ system which reduces the destabilizing effect of the rear-end under aggressive down-shifting, and compared with other wet clutch used so far by Ducati, features an additional cush-drive damper mechanism which smooths the repeated transition from drive to over-run during stop-start traffic.

The two-valve engine on the Monster 1100EVO features a crankcase which significantly reduces overall engine weight. They are produced using the same innovative Vacural technology that Ducati previously applied only to Supersport models.

This method of production relies on vacuum die-casting, which improves the quality of the casting by avoiding porosity, air pockets and oxidation. This enables greater dimensional accuracy and higher ductility for the aluminum alloy.

Ducati designers have drawn upon the benefits of this innovative process, redefining the conformation and thickness of the sides on the new crankcase using finite element simulations (FEM) and tests, which resulted in achieving the required reliability standards as well as attaining a weight reduction of the crankcase.

The Monster 1100EVO features a completely revised 2-1-2 routing exhaust system with two aggressive low level cannon-style, vertically stacked silencers placed on the right side, which give off in fullness the famous sound of the Twin-cylinder Ducati engine.

The new exhaust system, equipped with tow Lambda probes and an electronically controlled valve, is a crucial component in achieving the excellent torque and engine power, and a fundamental style element used by the Ducati designers to emphasize the superior performance of the new Monster 1100EVO.

Ducati Monster 1100EVO Chassis

An immensely strong but light tubular steel Trellis frame with aluminum rear sub-frame is the visual and structural backbone of the Monster. Delivering unparalleled rigidity with minimal mass, the chassis design is pure Ducati in its ingenuity and simplicity. A separate, all aluminum sub-frame saves weight and adds a pleasing continuity with the aluminum footrest hangers and matte finished swingarm.

The ‘less-is-more’ philosophy behind all Monsters underlines Ducati’s never-ending pursuit of genuinely compact, high performance motorcycles, but these new models have succeeded in being even more ‘pared down’ than their predecessors.

The Monster 1100EVO goes further. The weight saving solutions used by the Desmodue Evoluzione engine construction, such as the alternator cover made in magnesium and the flywheel lightened of the Ducati 848EVO, in combination with a lighter exhaust, reduce to 169kg the total dry weight (-2kg compared to the Monster 1100).

The 43mm upside down fully adjustable Marzocchi forks offer sufficient personalization to suit all riding styles and provide that perfect ‘feel’. The suspension set-up developed by Ducati testers is a perfect balance between handling and driving pleasure under all conditions.

The Sachs rising-rate rear suspension unit offers adjustable spring pre-load and return damping.

Using the proven ‘cantilever’ system, the steeply angled rear unit compresses in a movement non-linear to the rear swingarm radius, thus achieving a progressive action. This enables easy access to the spring pre-load and rebound damping adjuster, while eliminating the weight of the rocker-arm mechanism.

The suspension set-up developed by the Ducati testers is the perfect balance of handling and driving pleasure for all conditions.

The beautifully shaped single-sided swingarm gives the Monster a ‘tough’ look while ensuring higher rigidity, reduced weight and enhanced road holding. The swingarm is chill-cast using aluminum in its most noble form. Gravity cast and heat treated, the component achieves the best mechanical characteristics as well as reduced final weight for improved handling.

The Monster 1100EVO is equipped with lightweight aluminum alloy wheels with the new 10-spoke design. The new wheels reduce unsprung weight and contributes to increase the agility and, with their sporty look, to stress the superior performance. The front wheel (3,50 x 17) is equipped with a 120/70ZR tire, the rear (5,50 x 17) with a 180/55ZR tire. The result is a light steering, reliable and sincere in their responses at all speeds, giving the vehicle exceptional stability.

Ducati Monster 1100EVO Brembo Brakes

The power and charisma of the new Monster 1100EVO can rely upon a best-in-category braking system that provides excellent, precise and controllable braking performance. The vigorous Brembo system is the direct result of Ducati Corse racing experience, featuring radial pumps with adjustable levers feeding four-piston radial calipers which grip twin 320 mm discs.

The rear brake uses a 2-piston caliper operating on a 245mm disc. Ducati has further improved this powerful braking system, adding as standard content the ABS system which allows the best braking under any riding situation.

Ducati Monster 1100EVO Ergonomics

With its slim waist and wide handlebars, the new Monster is the ideal bike for any riding style, in the midst of city traffic and in the winding curves. With a total steering angle of 64 degrees, an extremely intuitive and ergonomic handle position, a tapered and deeply sculpted fuel tank, the Monster offers the rider a comfortable and safe control of the vehicle at all times.

The Monster 1100EVO further improves comfort quality with a comfort-enhancing new seat embellished with red stitching and 20 mm higher bar-risers.

The Monster 1100EVO also features a rear sub-frame ready to support the confidence-inspiring Ducati Performance grab-rail kit for the passenger. The suspension set-up developed by Ducati testers is the perfect balance of handling and driving pleasure for all conditions.

Ducati Monster 1100EVO Electronics

Ducati Safety Pack

In developing the Monster 1100EVO attention has been paid not only to performance enhancement, but also in ensuring both rider and passenger a high level of safety in all driving conditions. This second goal has been achieved by equipping the Ducati Monster 1100EVO with the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP), which comes as standard along with the ABS system and the famous Ducati Traction Control (DTC). This is the first time it has been available on a Monster.

DTC

The Monster 1100EVO is the first two valve engine model to be equipped with the state of the art Ducati Traction Control system (DTC). The Monster 1100EVO DTC system uses the same software logic developed and used by Ducati Corse for their winning bikes in MotoGP and Superbike Championships.

The system offers a choice of four profiles, each one programmed with a wheel-spin tolerance matched to progressive riding levels of skill graded from one to four. While level four administers a confidence-building, high level of interaction from the system by activating upon the slightest amount of wheel-spin, level one offers a much higher tolerance and, therefore, much less intervention for highly competent riders. The Monster 1100EVO comes standard with the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP) which includes DTC + ABS.

ABS

The ABS system provides a major contribution towards active safety as it’s designed to reduce the risk of wheel-lock under panic braking or when braking in low grip conditions. The Monster 1100EVO comes standard with the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP) and includes DTC + ABS.

DDA Ready

The instrument display also doubles as a control panel for the activation of the Ducati Data Analyser (DDA) system, which is available as an accessory from Ducati Performance. The bike has been built ‘system-ready’ for the data acquisition kit, which consists of special DDA software and a memory key that slots into a plug under the seat. The same plug also doubles as the connection for a handy new battery charger available as an accessory from Ducati Performance.

Ducati 1100EVO Features

Headlights

The triple-parabola headlight on the Monster utilizes the latest optical technology and advanced construction techniques to provide an incredibly compact lighting package. In spite of its compact size, the headlight throws a broad and deep beam to provide excellent visibility and make night riding safer. Viewed from the side, its discrete silhouette mimics the radical shape of the fuel tank.

LED Tail Light

An LED rear light unit satisfies the minimalist, weight-saving design ethos found throughout the Monster 696. The specially designed strip of LED are enhanced by a special diffuser lens to deliver outstanding light clarity and incredible longevity.

For the Monster 1100EVO, even the license plate light uses LED technology.

Instrumentation

Visually simple digital instrumentation provides an array of data on command or, at a glance, just speed and revs. Information available at your fingertip include: scheduled maintenance warning, oil temperature, trip odometer, lap time, fuel reserve, warning light for low oil pressure, turn signals, over-rev warning, immobilizer and neutral warning light, ABS and DTC level.

Logomania

“Logomania” is the second collection of the innovative Monster Art project and a stunning tribute to famous Ducati logos and color schemes that span more than 50 years of authentic brand heritage.

Changing the color and character of any model in the current Monster line-up in just 10 minutes, is the genius of the Monster Art program and a feature that passionately supports the Monster culture of customization.

Consisting of tank panels, micro-bikini fairing, single-seat cover and front mudguard, the kits have now become a modern canvas in the world of motorcycle art and a unique method of Monster personalization.

2011 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO Specs:

Engine
Type: L-Twin cylinder, 2 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, air cooled
Displacement: 1078cc
Bore x Stroke: 98 x 71.5mm
Compression ratio: 11.3:1
Power: 100hp (73.5kW) @ 7500rpm
Torque: 76lb-ft (10.5kgm) @ 6000rpm
Fuel injection: Siemens electronic fuel injection, 45mm throttle body
Exhaust: Lightweight 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and two lambda probes. Twin aluminum mufflers

Transmission
Gearbox: 6-speed
Ratio: 1=37/15 2=30/17 3=27/20 4=24/22 5=23/24 6=24/28
Primary drive: Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.84:1
Final drive: Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 39
Clutch: APTC wet multiplate with hydraulic control

Emissions
Standard: Euro 3

Chassis
Frame: Tubular steel Trellis frame
Wheelbase: 1450mm (57.1in)
Rake: 24°
Front suspension: Marzocchi 43mm fully adjustable usd forks
Front wheel travel: 130mm (5.1in)
Front wheel: 10-spoke in light alloy 3.50 x17
Front Tire: 120/70 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso
Rear suspension: Progressive with preload and rebound Sachs adjustable monoshock
Rear wheel travel: 148mm (5.8in)
Rear wheel: 10-spoke in light alloy 5.50×17
Rear tire: 180/55 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso
Front brake: 2 x 320mm discs, 4-piston radial caliper with ABS
Rear brake: 245mm disc, 2-piston caliper with ABS
Fuel tank capacity: 13,5l (3.6USgal)
Dry weight: 169kg (373lb)Instruments
Digital unit displaying: Speedometer, rev counter, time, scheduled maintenance warning, oil temperature, trip fuel, lap time, warning light for low oil pressure, fuel level, fuel reserve, neutral, turn signals, warning ABS, overrev, DTC, immobilizer. Ready for DDA system.

Warranty
2 years unlimited mileage

Body Color (frame/wheel)
Red with white stripe (red / black) – Diamond Black with Racing grey stripe (racing gray / black)

Versions
Dual seat

Seat height
810mm (31.9in)

DDA
system-ready

DTC
Standard equipment

ABS
Standard equipment

Price: TBA

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