Ducati unveils brand new Monster 1200 R

Sportier and more powerful Monster

Ducati unveils brand new Monster 1200 R

At the Frankfurt Motor Show this evening, Ducati has unveiled the first taste of their 2016 range; the Monster 1200 R. Ducati have already lauded the as their most powerful naked ever.

We will be riding the brand new Ducati at its worldwide riding launch at the end of the month so stay tuned.

The Monster 1200 R, unveiled by Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, will be equipped with a 160 bhp, Testastretta 11° DS twin-cylinder engine, a more powerful version of that seen in the existing Monster 1200 S. The ‘S’ packs 145 bhp and was a firm favourite when on long-term loan with Bike Social last year.

Available in two colours: Thrilling Black or the traditional Ducati Red

The new ‘R’ model will be available in two colours; Ducati Red and Thrilling Black. In addition to a 15bhp increase, other significant differences in the ‘R’ model include revisions to its chassis to enhance its sportier credentials and get closer in terms of performance to the likes of the KTM 1290 Superduke R and BMW S1000R.

The brand new and more angled tail design, wheels, carbon fibre parts and new footpegs together made for a 2kg weight saving. The bike has been raised by 15mm at the front and back with the seat height up 20mm to 830mm.

Ducati says the bike will be available in dealerships from early 2016. Standard equipment includes riding modes (Sport, Touring and Urban), power modes, ABS, Ducati Traction Control, Ride by Wire, Full-TFT colour display, forged wheels, Ohlins steering damper, and a pillion seat cover.

From above, the sharper and sportier angles are evident

This latest evolution follows a long line of Monster's spanning back over the last 23 years since the tubular steel trellis-framed naked bikes were introduced in 1993.

Ducati also released a teaser shot earlier this month to build up the anticipation showing the neat 'R' design touches. Also below is the new tail design.

R for Racing. The new monster is the most powerful yetNice rear end. Oo-er.



1198cc, Testastretta 11° DS, L-Twin cylinders, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled


117.7 kW (160 bhp) @ 9,250 rpm



131.4 Nm (97 lb-ft) @ 7,750 rpm

Bore X stroke

106 x 67.9 mm


Compression ratio



Fuel injection

Synerject-Continental electronic fuel injection system, elliptical throttle body Ø 56

mm equivalent with full Ride-by-Wire


Lightweight 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and two lambda probes. Twin aluminium mufflers


6 speed


Wet, multi-plate clutch with hydraulic control. Self-servo action on drive, slipper action on over-run


Tubular steel Trellis frame attached to the cylinder head


Front: Ohlins fully adjustable Ø 48 mm usd forks. Travel: 130mm

Rear: Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Ohlins monoshock. Aluminium singlesided swingarm. Travel: 159mm


Front: Tri-W spoke forged alloy 3.50" x 17"

Rear: Tri-W spoke forged alloy 6.00" x 17"


Front: Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 120/70 ZR17

Rear: Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 200/55 ZR17


Front: 2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc evo M50 4-piston callipers, radial pump with ABS as standard

Rear: 245 mm disc, 2-piston caliper, with ABS as standard

Weight (wet)


Seat height



1509 mm



Front wheel trail

89 mm

Fuel tank capacity

17.5 l

Warranty (months)

24 / unlimited mileage


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