Ducati Monster 1100 Evo

with its new dose of mid-range power this new Monster is one of the finest monowheelers around
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Available from
2011
Great on a twisty mountain road; grunty engine; slick gearbox; traction control
Drivetrain snatch and firm suspension detract from riding around town

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Overall Review

Love my bike. Took it on 1500 mile tour round france and despite it being a naked bike, I had the best time ever. Was 100% reliable and has been completely reliable so clearly quality control has improved at Ducati. 9/10 for me....I will have a ride of an 848 streetfigher but think I love the character of mine too much to change. Worth an hours test ride of anyone's time

Strengths

The engine is fantastic with loads of torque Looks fantastic (subjective I know) and rides with so much character and feels more engaging than all the four cyclinder bikes I've owned over the years Handling is fantastic and with ABS and traction control as standard, provides loads of confidence Sounds fab on standard exhausts....but even better with Termi's

Weaknesses

Needs front sprocket dropping from 15 to 14 tooth. First two gears are much to long with 15 tooth sprocket but bike is genuinely transformed with 14 tooth sprocket and despite what you may hear elsewhere, it does NOT affect the ABS or TC. It makes the speedo couple of MPH out but nothing significant and the change in character is amazing.

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Overall Review

Reminds me of why at 60 I still love biking. It looks beautiful, is a wonderful ride and inspires a sense of confidence and well being.

Strengths

Looks and ease of use. I traded in a Griso 1200 for my barely used Evo. It doesn't have the outright power of my super duke but the handling perfect for me. It inspires confidence and is so easy to ride well. The engine,might lack outright power but is usable in the real world. Traction control I've yet to feel but I like the idea of the safety package. Looking forward to trying the 1200!

Weaknesses

The mirrors give a good view but I broke one the first time I clipped a car mirror. The quality is awful I replaced mine with Rizoma spy Q s. The finish doesn't worry me perhaps not as good as my old Superduke but much better than the Guzzi or any of the BMWs I've owned. tank range isn't brilliant but again is much better than either of the Grizos I've owned.

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Submitted by Pakman on Tue, 22/04/2014 - 11:41

Overall Review

I will be honest and say that my decision when buying this bike was mostly based on looks (love at first sight scenario) and I didn’t even test ride it before putting down a deposit so was quite a big leap of faith but when I eventually took delivery of the bike and rode it for the first time I didn’t stop grinning for days maybe even weeks... so it does pay to trust your instinct sometimes! People will always say that Ducati’s are expensive and you could buy something for nearly half the price that would do the same job but just remember if you do that you will not be riding around on a Ducati Monster 1100evo.

Strengths

Exotic Italian looks which just oozes with character. Enough power to keep you entertained and sounds great. I love starting mine up after not being on for a while and just listening to the sound of it ticking over and I am also guilty of giving it a quick rev before I put it back in the garage just to bug the neighbours. Don’t worry about quality and unreliability that some people seem to harp on about with Ducati, I haven’t had any problems with mine to date. I bought mine new from the Ducati dealer and have experienced excellent after sales customer service and not overly expensive servicing.

Weaknesses

Not the most powerful of sports naked bikes but the torque and handling make up for that anyway. Can be a bit of a handful and slightly ill mannered around town sometimes but I’m told a dyno re-tune would soon sort that out. Tank range isn’t ideal and you will have to get used to living without a gear position indicator and fuel gauge because this bike hasn’t got either. None of the above should be enough to put you off buying this bike though, just ride one and you will see why....

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