Ducati Monster 1100 S (2010 - present)

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£9995
Available from
2010

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Overall Review

Monster Madness; Masses of punch but you will need to learn how to short shift in order to get the most from this bike, more so if you have come from a Jap 4 cylinder. The torque delivery can be daunting and you need to be extra vigilant in the wet. With 7500 mile/12 month service intervals you will be surprised to know that it is as cheap if not cheaper to service than the Japanese four. My main gripe is the round town performance, after 12 months I still hate the bike in town, you either have to speed or go slower than anyone else to get out of the surge zone. Don't be conned into buying the Termi exhaust system in order to get around the surging problem, it "won't" work. This bike contrary to the manufacturers claim of being an urban bike, is more at home in the twisties. It will give ANY bike a run for its money. Once on the go the bike is a complete package the BT016's and Ohlins provide fantastic levels of feedback with no nasty surprises when you start pushing hard. The bike will gladly power slide out of corners or just spin up in a straight line given the right amount of berries. That said you can have all your fun and still remain in two figures unlike most race rep bikes that don't seem to come to life until they hit well in excess of three digits. Coming from a GSXR this was an eye opener and I must say I'm addicted to the power delivery of the twin, It's just right for 99% of the time.

Strengths

At 168kg its light and handles like its on rails. The Ohlins really are worth it. Freight train torque delivery is instantaneous, your never in the wrong gear. Brakes provide just the right amount of modulation required for this type of bike, it never feels under or over braked. Engine is smooth and very responsive above 4000 RPM. Economical too returning around 50 MPG, @ 150 miles before the light comes on. Cheap servicing at 7500 miles or 12 months.

Weaknesses

Standard seat is rubbish it is too slippery, you will get "Monster Balls" from slamming into the tank. Bike is classed as "Urban" - No Way, at 30MPH the bike surges like a bucking bronco. There is nothing to fix this either other than ride at 26MPH or 35MPH. Paint finish on engine may be suspect but there is no problem with warranty. Engine sounds like a bag of spanners in a tumble dryer (Actually its the dry clutch) The elitist dicks that ride them, these are the mob that frown at those that dare criticize the Marque, They are easy to spot, look for HUGE Chicken strips.

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Overall Review

I wanted a modern classic - ride the torque rather than the revs, feel the motor working, perch with an essentially upright riding position. It was between this and a Speed Triple (which I really, really like, and could well get in the future). For now, the sheer vibrancy and quality of the Ducati works for me every time. I feel good looking at it, and feel better riding it. It's like an updated version of a old twin - everything I nearly spent a fortune trying to get my (old 750 model) Commando to do. There was a sudden moment of clarity when it became clear a light, punch, raw-looking twin existed and would cost about the same as a fully sorted Commando, but still make at least 20bhp more and have modern brakes, tyres and suspension. Anyway, not everyone uses old chuffers as a reference point, so for the majority I'd just say this is a brilliantly assembled lump of pure motorcycling engagement.

Strengths

Urgently needing a bike to fed the flame, I wanted to stay this side of a ton and the 1100S is astounding in this speed range. Wonderful, engaging engine, great drive, belting power delivery right the way from 3k to the upper reaches. Good grip and feel from the chassis, useable riding position and perfectly OK to cruise at 85mph for a tankful, with the odd squirt above this. Brakes are potent.

Weaknesses

Handling takes a few rides to get used to because it's abrupt on the turn-in, but actually not turning that fast if that makes sense? So it drops in well, but then tracks quite wide through a bend. I've backed off damping settings front and rear to avoid being pinged out of the seat despite weighing 100kg! Engine is lumpy below 3k, so town riding is a bit fraught.

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