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What do you want to know about the new Ducati Monster 1200?

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Submitted by Simon Greenacre on Tue, 15/11/2016 - 15:59

2017 Ducati Monster 1200

WE ARE at the press launch for the new Ducati Monster 1200. There’s a presentation starting soon and then we’ll be riding it tomorrow.

So… whaddya wanna know about it?

In case you missed the news, Ducati announced an updated Monster 1200 at Eicma last week, with changes including more power, an electronics package derived from the 1299 Panigale, plus some styling tweaks.

Click here to read about it in more detail, or here to read a review of the previous/outgoing model and leave us a comment if you have a specific question about the 2017 bike and we'll answer it in our write-up.


The carping by most reviews about the pegs - is that sorted? Can a reasonably comfy riding position be achieved - for a one or two hour ride, say? What's the deal with the R version - still exists and get similar updates to the std/S? Cruise control an option? Why would you buy this and not an S1000R or superduke ? Have they sold any 1200 monsters in the UK?

In 2016 I tested the previous Monster 1200S and 1200R.

Compare with my Streetfighter848, build quality and engine were a net improvement.
Unfortunately every dimensions on the Monster (seat, tank and handlebars) were wide and large thus giving me the impression the Monster was no as agile.

Ultimatly I planned to buy the new Speed Triple in 2017.

Then the new Monster 1200 2017 bring updated geometry (sportier rake and shorter wheelbase) and dimension (smaller tank and seat) ...and cornering-ABS.

Both Monster (base) and Speed Triple (S or R) are equip with brakes and suspension similar to the Streetfighter :
-320mm discs
-Brembo calipers
-43mm fully-adjustable forks
(Kayaba, Showa or Öhlins... vs Marzocchi)

Question is : which one is more ''Ducati Streetfighter'' : Speed Triple 2016 or Monster1200 2017 (both with low and narrow Rizoma handlerbar) ?

Considering that the 1200S now has most of the updates that the R received, and is down on power by only 10hp (which is debatable, as dyno tests of the 1200R indicate a smaller power hike), does the R still justify the significantly higher price?

What goodies does the R have other than revised geometry (longer wheelbase, less rake), a slightly taller seat, a steering damper, and 10 more hp at the crank?

I currently own a Hyperstrada and use it daily to commute, in the weekends to hit the curves, and a few times a year for 600 to 4000km trips. I have been thinking about purchasing the R as a replacement due to the more flexible engine. How is the 1200S to use as a daily commuter as well as a tourer (once you put on a small screen?

So you're in the showroom ready to blow a small fortune of your hard-earned on a stunning red bike when the sales guy points out you could spend hundreds more(!) on the Primer Grey model. Who's gonna do that then? - Crazy!

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