2017 Ducati Monster 1200 & 1200 S Fast Facts, Photos & VideoTo date, the Ducati Monster stands as the Bologna-based brand’s longest-running line. Many argue that with the introduction of the Monster for 1993, the motorcycle world changed forever. Upright performance and superbike lineage without the demands of a true superbike, the Monster catered to many.
For 2017, we witness another evolutionary step for the Monster 1200, which was launched at EICMA (Milan Motorcycle Show). This time the Monster 1200 and 1200 S undergo substantial updates with a focus on ergonomics and handing, which encourages a return to form for the naked sportbike. Until we get some seat time, we’ll settle for the following Fast Facts.1. The 1198.4 cc Ducati Testastretta 11 degree L-twin is getting more power. In recent years, Ducati has remained consistent when it comes to engine performance between its base and “S” models, and this tradition continues. Both the Monster 1200 and the 1200 S are claiming 150 horsepower @ 9250 rpm and 93.1 ft/lbs. of torque @ 7750 rpm. For the consumer, that means that you won’t have to sacrifice performance if you opt for the base model, which is always a huge plus. The 2017 model is 15 horsepower over the 2016 base M1200, and five more than the 2016 Monster 1200 S. In addition, three riding modes are available–Sport, Touring, and Urban. Each mode can be customized based on rider needs.2. The Monster 1200 and 1200 S’ torque is down low, where it counts. Monsters have always been about one thing: torque. Although not a massive increase above last year’s models, Ducati has claimed that over 70% of its torque is made below 5,000 rpm. That fact alone has us itching to get aboard the new 1200.3. New foot pegs for a new Ducati Monster 1200 and 1200 S. The incoming big Monsters will feature redesigned die-cast aluminum footpegs all around.[Visit the 2017 Motorcycle Previews page]4. A host of chassis revisions suggest a personality change to the Monster. The 2017 Monster 1200 and 1200 S receive significant updates to the chassis and dimensions. On paper, all of this looks incredibly promising. The Monster 1200 has a shorter wheel-base at 58.46 inches, most likely thanks to the updated aluminum swing-arm. Supplementing our hope that the big Monsters will be a bit more nimble is the tighter rake at 23.3°, and shorter 3.41 inch trail. Add all of that up and it seems that the latest evolution of Monster is one to be reckoned with in the canyons or track.5. A big monster that’s slimmed down. Ergonomic improvements haven’t been forgotten. A newly designed Monster tank still adheres to the general look of the Monster, but has been reduced in width. The tail has narrowed as well.6. Each Monster will have a unique wheel set. The base model Monster 1200 comes equipped with 10-spoke alloy wheels, while the 1200 S makes use of Y shaped 3-spoke wheels with “S” graphics. As of now, it’s unclear whether there is a weight difference between the two.7. In regards to braking hardware, there will be a difference between models. The Monster 1200 use dual 320mm semi-floating rotors with Brembo M4.32 calipers up front, and a single 245mm rotor out back with a single caliper. As for the 1200 S, it features 330mm semi-floating discs with Brembo M50 calipers lifted off the 1299 Panigale. In either case, you’ll get an impressive amount of braking power.8. The Monster 1200 and 1200 S arrive with the latest in Ducati electronics. In 2017, the big Monsters will use the same Bosch Cornering ABS found on the 1299 Panigale. An IMU interprets several variables that simultaneously manage ABS, traction control, rear wheel lift control, and wheel-control. The result? A much more manageable, sophisticated, and potentially safer Monster. It should be noted that all of the aforementioned control systems can be catered to the rider’s own desires.9. Suspension is the biggest differentiating aspect between the base and S model. Though both the Monster 1200 and Monster 1200 S will have fully adjustable suspension, each will use different hardware. The base 1200 arrives with 43mm Kayaba forks vs. the 1200 S’ 48mm Ohlins fork, and the base will utilize a Sachs monoshock vs. the Ohlins monoshock.Given that both of these suspension solutions are fully-adjustable, we’re most curious to see how Ducati has chosen to spring each Monster. We suspect that the 1200 S, due to its sportier suggestions, may be sprung for those who don’t want a leisure cruise.10. An updated, full color TFT display shall greet you. Aside from undergoing a thorough overhaul, the TFT display features three configurations known as Core, Full, and Track. Of course the data changes for each configuration, but what’s different is the gear indicator and fuel gauge on the 1200, something that wasn’t available prior to 2017.11. The 1200 S will make use of the coveted Daytime Running Light (DRL). This is one aspect where the 1200 S is on its own. In 2017, the 1200 S will feature the Ducati DRL system, which is said to ensure visibility while out on the road. In contrast, the base Monster 1200 arrives with an LED headlight that doesn’t drastically deviate in terms of design qualities.12. The Monster 1200 prices remain relatively unchanged. The base Monster 1200–only available in Red–carries an MSRP of $14,695. The 1200 S is $16,995 in Red, and $17,195 in Gray.Taken together, Ducati seems to be moving in a positive direction, especially considering the level of electronic aids available. Even more so, the chassis and ergonomic changes have the potential to be game changing for the big Monster as well. Personally, I’m quite excited about all of this. For now, let’s pass it onto the reader: What was the most surprising change in this lineup?