Ducati Monster 1200 R revealed

The most powerful naked Ducati ever

DUCATI has just unveiled the new Monster 1200 R, which it says is the most powerful naked bike the Italian marque has ever produced.

It makes 160hp and 96lbft and weighs 207kg wet. It's got riding modes, power modes, a full-colour dash and adjustable Ohlins suspension front and rear. It's been unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show in Germany.

Visordown will be on the press launch of the new model in two weeks.  

See our full gallery of pictures below.

Here's what Ducati said about it:

'Ducati Monster 1200 R

Meet the Monster 1200 R, the most powerful and sophisticated new addition to the Monster family. The new Monster 1200 R has been designed for all those who make sports performance their lifestyle and wish to turn each ride into an adrenaline-packed experience without forgoing the essential, practical appeal of a naked model.

Equipped with a 1200 cc Testastretta 11° DS “R” version twin-cylinder engine, the Monster 1200 R takes the Ducati naked sports bike concept to the extreme. Compared to the Monster 1200 S engine, the twin-cylinder “R” version delivers 10% more power and 5.5% more torque. Its 160 hp and 13.4 kgm (97 lb-ft) torque turn the Monster 1200 R into a naked supersport bike able to show its true colours on a race track while making the rider feel perfectly comfortable during daily commutes - thanks to a full-bodied, smooth delivery at low and medium RPM.

The “R” spirit that inspired the new Monster 1200 is immediately recognisable in its completely redesigned, compact, lightweight and high-slung tailpiece, seat and high-mounted plate holder. The bike set-up and technical features are in line with the power rating of its “R” twin-cylinder engine. The latest naked model out of the Ducati factory features a higher stance than the Monster 1200 S, for more extreme lean angles and to make the most of the Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres. At the rear end, grip is guaranteed by the 200/55 x ZR17 size tyres.

The Monster 1200 R is equipped with new suspensions and Öhlins steering damper, and separate rider and passenger footpegs to enhance its racing-inspired riding experience. The new naked sports model by Ducati is even lighter than the S version thanks to the new tailpiece, forged wheels, and carbon fibre components - bringing the total dry weight down to 180 kg (397 lb).

The nose fairing, radiator trim with engraved “R” logo, and the two available colour schemes - Ducati Red and Thrilling Black – give this bike the unmistakable, sophisticated, sport-inspired Ducati touch.

The Monster 1200 R is also equipped with the Ducati Safety Pack including the ABS and Ducati Traction Control systems to enhance vehicle performance, optimise control and improve overall riding safety. This package is managed by three different Riding Modes (Sport, Touring and Urban): three different Monster R 'souls' delivered by different settings of the power mode, the ABS and Traction Control systems.


1. Ducati Red with R livery, Ducati Red frame and Dark Chrome wheels

2. Thrilling Black with R livery, Dark Chrome frame and wheels

Standard equipment highlights

o Testastretta 11° DS, 1198,4 cc, 160 hp “R” version engine

o Exhaust with pentagonal section twin silencers o Euro 4 conformity

o Sport seat with model ID plate

o New design passenger seat cover

o Separate rider and passenger footpeg supports

o Billet machined footpegs

o Nose fairing

o Carbon fibre front fender

o 3-spoke forged wheels fitted with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres, 120/70 ZR17 at the front and 200/55 x ZR17 at the rear

o New 48 mm adjustable diameter Öhlins forks

o New Öhlins adjustable shock absorber

o Öhlins adjustable steering dumper

o 3 Riding Modes

o Ducati Safety Pack (3-level ABS, 8-level DTC)

o Colour TFT instrumentation display

Engine: Testastretta 11° DS, L-Twin cylinders, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled Displacement: 1.198,4 cc

Bore X stroke: 106 x 67,9 mm

Compression ratio: 13,0:1

Power: 117,7 kW (160 hp) @ 9,250 rpm

Torque: 131,4 Nm (97 lb-ft) @ 7,750 rpm

Fuel injection: Synerject-Continental electronic fuel injection system, elliptical throttle body Ø 56 mm equivalent with full Ride-by-Wire

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

Gearbox: 6 speed Primary drive Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.84:1 Ratio 1=37/15 2=30/17 3=27/20 4=24/22 5=23/24 6=22/25

Final drive: Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 41

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

Frame: Tubular steel Trellis frame attached to the cylinder head

Front suspension: Öhlins fully adjustable Ø 48 mm usd forks Front wheel Tri-W spoke forged alloy 3.50" x 17" Front tyre Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 120/70 ZR17

Rear Suspension: Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Öhlins monoshock. Aluminium singlesided swingarm

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

Rear tyre: Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 200/55 ZR17

Wheel travel (front/rear): 130/159 mm

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

Rear brake: 245 mm disc, 2-piston caliper, with ABS as standard Instrumentation Full-TFT colour display

Dry weight: 180 kg (396,8 lb)

Kerb weight: 207 kg (456,3 lb)

Seat height: 830 mm (32,7 in)

Wheelbase: 1509 mm (59.4 in)

Rake: 24,3°

Front wheel trail: 89 mm (3,5 in)

Fuel tank capacity: 17,5 l - 4.6 gallon (US) Number of seats 2

Warranty (months) 24000 unlimited mileage

Maintenance: (km/mi/months) 15000/9000/12 Valve clearance adjustment (km/mi) 30000/18000

Homologation: Euro 4

Standard equipment:

Riding modes, Power modes, DSP Ducati Safety Pack (ABS + DTC), RbW, Full-TFT color display, Forged wheels, Öhlins steering damper, Front madguard in carbon fibre, Micro front fairing, Passenger seat.'

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