Let’s face it – regardless of a name that immediately conjures up thoughts of red speed, the Ducati Monster 1200 delivers more comfort than performance. Not saying the Monster 1200 is a slouch – in the right hands it’s capable of some serious performance, though it doesn’t have the rawness of former Monsters like the S4RS or the 1100 EVO.But the Bologna-based manufacturer is out to change that with its newest offering – the Ducati Monster 1200 R. Basically, Ducati took the Monster 1200 S, upgraded its already slick Ohlins suspension, revised its Testastretta 11-degree 1198.4cc Dual Spark engine (160 horsepower – not the same DVT engine offered in the 2015 Ducati Multistrada), trimmed weight, added three spoke forged wheels, and revised some styling.
When put together, the Monster 1200 R deliver 10 percent more horsepower than the 1200 S model (160 horsepower vs. 143), 5 percent more torque (97 ft/lbs. vs. 92), and a lighter weight (396.8 lbs. vs 401 dry; 456.3 lbs vs. 461), the latter due to a new revamped tailpiece, forged wheels and carbon-fiber components.The new 1200 R engine is revamped for more power throughout the RPM range, and revs to 10,200 rpm. Ducati says during road use, delivery of lower RPM is consistently smooth and responsive to throttle opening, with 75 percent of the torque available at 3,500 rpm.The Ducati Monster 1200 R’s L-twin features larger 56mm throttle bodies (vs. 53mm on the Monster 1200S), a lower-height cylinder seal that bumps compression to 12.5:1 to 13.1, and a new 2-1-2 exhaust system with 58mm pipes. The Monster 1200 R requires service every 9,000 miles (or 12 months) and valve checks every 18,000 miles.Like the Monster 1200 S, the R model is equipped with the Ducati Safety Pack that includes ABS and Ducati Traction Control, along with three different riding modes – Sport, Touring and Urban.The Ducati Monster 1200 R features a high-slung tailpiece, seat and high-mounted license-plate holder. The Il Mostro has a higher stance than the 1200 S, allowing for more lean angle to make the most of its stock Pirelli Diable Supercorsa SP tires (120/70 ZR17 front; 200/55 ZR17 rear).Suspension duties are handled by a new Ohlins setup – a 48mm fork and adjustable shock absorber. The 1200 R is equipped with an engraved “R” logo, radiator trim, full LED lighting, and a nose fairing. The 2016 Ducati Monster 1200 R is available in two colors – Ducati Red and Thrilling Black.Ducati has yet to unveil the price, but expect to pay around $18,000. Following are the highlights and a photo gallery of the 2016 Ducati Monster 1200 R.
2016 Ducati Monster 1200 R Highlight Specs:
Testastretta 11-degree DS, 1198.4cc, 160 horsepower “R” version engine
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