2013 Ducati Monster 20th Anniversary Editions Pics & Info
The year was 1992. The man, Miguel Galluzzi.The designer was out to save Ducati with a radical new idea – build a stripped-down, low-cost streetbike with the famed performance of the bologna-based motorcycle manufacturer.Galluzzi took the 904cc air-cooled, 90-degree L-twin, two-valve “Desmodue” engine from the 900SS, and mounted it in the 851/888 superbike’s trellis frame. Galluzzi also used a fork from a 750SS, this new creation basically built from the Ducati warehouse part’s bin.When Ducati unveiled the bike at the INTERMOT International Motorcycle Show in Cologne in 1992, it was called the Monster. This soon-to-be called “naked sportbike” saved the then Cagiva-owned company from financial turmoil.How? The Monster provided a less costly invitation into the world of high-performance Ducati motorcycles. And the market responded well to this bike that began the “naked” motorcycle craze; eventually, the Monster would make up more than two-thirds of overall Ducati sales.The M900 (name denoting Monster and 900cc) was followed by the M600 and then the M750. There was also the S4 and S4R, which arrived the four-valve engine used in the STS sport tourers, and the SR2 800 and SR2 1000. Then there was the 620, which was replaced by the 695 and ultimately the 696, which is available today along with the 796 and 1100EVO.And for the 2013 model year, the Ducati Monster celebrates its 20th Anniversary. And to honor this history, Ducati is releasing each model in its 2013 lineup – the 696, 796 and 110EVO – in Anniversary editions.These 20th Anniversary Monsters, which like the original model arrive with the Desmodue engines and signature trellis frame, are offered in special color schemes, along with other key components with different finishes.Ducati says: “The Anniversary edition’s striking livery of red with bronze frame is further complemented with gold-colored brake calipers and front disc carriers and, on 1100EVO, gold-colored brake and clutch master cylinders. While the headlamp support has a chrome finish, the triple clamp, fork bottoms and swingarms are all finished in grey.“Further model-defining features are champagne colored fork bodies and a custom finished seat with Monster ‘93-style fabric recalling some of the features of the model’s first introduction 20 years ago. The retro ‘Ducati 1986′ font is used on the single-seat cover and for the retro-style ‘Ducati’ on the fuel tank which, unlike standard 696, 796 and 1100EVO, also has the centre panel of the tank finished in red to recreate an authentic feeling of the original Monster. The Anniversary model is also equipped with the original Monster-style mirrors.2013 Ducati Monster 20th Anniversary Highlights:Color treatments:
Ducati red bodywork including fuel tank centre panel
Bronze frame o Gold brake calipers
Gold front disc carriers
Gold brake and clutch master cylinders (1100EVO only)
Champagne front fork bodies
Grey swingarm o Grey engine outer casings
Grey lower triple-clamp
Chrome headlamp support
90’s style rear-view mirrors
90’s style seat fabric
Retro “Ducati 1986” font used for model name on single-seat cover
Retro “Ducati 1986” font used for “Ducati” on fuel tank
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, the weekly podcast brought to you by Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Motos and Friends is brought to you by Yamaha. You can check out the amazing YZF-R7 at your local Yamaha dealer, or of course at YamahaMotorsports.com. The YZF-R7 is an amazing supersport machine that is comfortable too!
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams takes the smallest BMW ADV bike on an urban adventure in Los Angeles. The BMW G 310 GS is a full size motorcycle with a modest engine, so of course we wonder if it is a little too underpowered and might struggle. Don put it through its paces and gives us his take.
In the second segment, Neale Bayly and Kiran Ridley have returned from the Ukraine to Paris where Kiran is based.
Kiran is an award winning photojournalist, and as an accomplished documentarian, he has covered stories as diverse as drug smuggling around the Mexican border, to the devastation of the Australian Bush Fires, to the tragedy of the Mediterranean migration crisis. Neale and Kiran reminisce about their motorcycle adventure in the Ukraine, and their observations and experiences with the incredibly resilient people of Ukraine, who have been put through such brutal hardship.