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Ducati Monster 30° Anniversario (2024) - Technical Review

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28.07.2023

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Price: £16,095  | Power: 111bhp | Weight: 184kg | Overall BikeSocial Rating: TBA

 

From the perspective of 2023 it’s hard to emphasise quite how significant the Ducati Monster was when it first hit the market 30 years ago. That forward-biased shape, minimalist tail and bulbous fuel tank have been aped by so many that it’s essentially become the conventional shape for naked bikes. Along with the 916 that set the template for the modern superbike in 1994 the Monster put Ducati onto the path for the success it enjoys to this day so celebrating its 30th birthday is the least the company can do with the launch of the new Monster 30° Anniversario.

 

pros
  • Still has the Monster stance and style

  • Ducati has stuck with the V-twin for the Monster even as the rest of the range moves towards V4s

  • Upgraded suspension, improved equipment and reduced weight mark out the 30° Anniversario version

cons
  • A price north of £16,000 pushes the 111hp Monster’s price higher than the 153hp Streetfighter V2

  • Monster SP offers much the same performance and suspension for £2k less

 

Review – In Detail

Price & PCP
Engine & Performance
Handling & Suspension (inc. weight & brakes)
Comfort & Economy
Equipment
Rivals
Verdict
Specification

 

2024 Ducati Monster 30° Anniversario Price

The £16,095 price tag of the Monster 30° Anniversario feels like an awful lot when compared with the £11,295 for the base Monster given the two machines share the same engine, styling and frame. The £13,995 Monster SP comes even closer, offering similar suspension and brakes as the 30° Anniversario.

But if the price puts you off there’s sure to be someone else ready to step into the breach as the Monster 30° Anniversario’s limited-edition status – just 500 will be made – means buyers are likely to be queuing up for a place on the waiting list. Other recent Ducati limited editions, even at far higher prices, have sold out within hours of orderbooks opening.

There’s only one paint option, the Anniversary ‘Tricolour’ graphics that are a modern interpretation of a scheme that’s been seen on a variety of limited-run Ducatis over the years.

There’s no online ordering but the Ducati website will put customers in touch with their local dealer.

 

 

2024 Ducati Monster 30° Anniversario Engine & Performance

The engine here is Ducati’s familiar Testastretta 11° V-twin in 111hp guise, as seen in the rest of the current Monster range as well as the Supersport and Hypermotard. It’s apt that the Monster 30° Anniversario retains a V-twin and Desmo valve gear, both elements that have been part of the Monster recipe since the very start. While a Monster V4 has surely already been discussed as a possible future direction for the range, the twin is still here for a while yet.

The original 1993 Ducati Monster had the firm’s 903cc, air-cooled V-twin, with 80hp. The goalposts have moved since then (in 1993 the Monster seemed big and powerful, earning its name), but the latest version’s 937cc Testastretta, with 111hp at 9,250rpm and 93Nm/69 lb-ft of torque at 6.500rpm, offers substantially more performance than the 1993 bike.

The 30° Anniversario’s engine exhales through a road-legal, type-approved Termignoni exhaust, similar to the one used on the Monster SP.

Like most modern Ducatis, the current Monster has a renewed focus on reliability, with 15,000km oil change intervals and 30,000km valve clearance checks.

 

 

2024 Ducati Monster 30° Anniversario Handling & Suspension (inc. Weight & Brakes)

The current Monster range’s chassis is one area that departs substantially from its forebears, ditching the traditional steel trellis for a cast aluminium front frame that uses the engine as a load-bearing component to hold the swingarm and rear suspension. For 30° Anniversario, Ducati has added the fully-adjustable Ohlins NIX30 forks from the Monster SP, 0.6kg lighter than the part used on the standard Monster and Monster+ and offering improved damping and more adjustability. The rear suspension features a matching Ohlins monoshock, again fully-adjustable, and Ohlins also supplies an adjustable steering damper – something that even the Monster SP doesn’t have as standard.

Another new element is the wheel design. Where the other Monster models have cast alloy rims, the 30° Anniversario gets lightweight forged wheels claimed to save another 1.86kg. Importantly, that weight is taken from unsprung, rotating parts, and should improve both the acceleration and handling as a result. Ducati says the inertial of the front wheel is 21.8% less than the standard bike’s wheel, and the rear is reduced by 26.9%.

Brembo supplies the brakes, of course, and the 30° Anniversario gets the Stylema calipers used by the Monster SP rather than the M4.32 Monoblocs of the standard Monster/Monster+.

The updates contribute to an overall weight that’s 4kg less than the standard Monster and 2kg lighter than the Monster SP – 184kg including fuel, or 164kg completely dry. That’s despite the 30° Anniversario gaining that steering damper and a screen that are missing from the cheaper models in the range.

 

 

2024 Ducati Monster 30° Anniversario Comfort & Economy

The 30° Anniversario’s 840mm seat height is identical to the Monster SP’s but 20mm higher than the standard Monster/Monster+ models. A lower, 810mm version is available as an accessory.

The usual Monster attributes of wide bars and relatively low pegs remain, so there’s no reason to think the 30° Anniversario will be any less usable or comfortable than its cheaper siblings.

With no engine changes, the economy is also identical to the other models in the range. Ducati quotes fuel consumption of 5.2 litres/100km. That’s 54mpg. The 14-litre tank is also unchanged so the overall range will remain around 167 miles between fill-ups.

 

 

2024 Ducati Monster 30° Anniversario Equipment

Even the standard Monster isn’t short of equipment, and all its kit is carried over to the 30° Anniversario including cornering ABS, traction control and wheelie control, each with adjustable levels of intervention, three stages for the ABS, eight for the TC and four for the wheelie control. For the 30° Anniversario there’s also Launch Control, and the model gets a lithium battery to help slice a little more weight from its total.

There are a trio of riding modes – Sport, Road and Wet – and the same 4.3-inch colour TFT dashboard seen on the rest of the range. The 30° Anniversario does get its own splash screen when you start it up though.

Other unique elements include the inevitable limited-edition plaque bearing the bike’s individual number in the run of 500 examples, plus embroidered logos on the seat.

Elsewhere, there’s full LED lighting, an up/down quickshifter, a front cowl, pillion seat cover and a purpose-made bike cover to keep the dust off. Oh, and a certificate of authenticity – don’t lose that.

 

 

2024 Ducati Monster 30° Anniversario Rivals

The 30° Anniversario’s closest rival is surely its closest sibling the Ducati Monster SP, and both the base Monster and Monster+ also offer much of the same appeal for even less. But of course none of them have the Monster 30° Anniversario’s exclusivity.

 

2023 Ducati Monster SP | Price: £13,995

Power/Torque: 111bhp/69lb-ft | Weight: 186kg

 

2023 Ducati Monster | Price: £11,295

Power/Torque: 111bhp/69lb-ft | Weight: 188kg

 

2023 Ducati Monster+ | Price: £11,595

Power/Torque: 111bhp/69lb-ft | Weight: 188kg

 

 

2024 Ducati Monster 30° Anniversario Verdict

We’ll let you know when we’ve ridden it

 

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2024 Ducati Monster 30° Anniversario Technical Specification

New price

£16,095

Capacity

937cc

Bore x Stroke

94 mm x 67.5 mm

Engine layout

V-twin, 90-degrees

Engine details

4-valves per cylinder, desmodromic valvetrain, liquid cooled

Power

111bhp (82Kw) @ 9,250pm

Torque

69lb-ft (93Nm) @ 6,500rpm

Transmission

6 speed, chain final drive, up/down quickshifter

Average fuel consumption

54mpg claimed

Tank size

14 litres

Max range to empty

167 miles

Rider aids

Three riding modes, launch control, traction control, wheelie control

Frame

Aluminium front frame, structural engine

Front suspension

Ohlins NIX30 43mm USD forks, TIN treated

Front suspension adjustment

Fully adjustable

Rear suspension

Ohlins monoshock, single sided swingarm

Rear suspension adjustment

Fully adjustable

Front brake

2 x 320mm discs, Brembo Stylema Monobloc calipers, cornering ABS

Rear brake

245mm disc, Brembo 2-piston caliper, cornering ABS

Front wheel / tyre

Forged aluminium wheel, 120/70-17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV

Rear wheel / tyre

Forged aluminium wheel, 180/55-17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV

Wheelbase

1472mm

Seat height

840mm

Weight

184kg (kerb)

Warranty

24 months, unlimited mileage

Servicing

15,000km (9000 miles)/24 months

MCIA Secured Rating

Not yet rated

Website

www.ducati.com

 

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