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Ducati Monster 1200 S in the PS driving report

2017 model thoroughly revised

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The Ducati Monster 1200 S starts the 2017 model year with such a thorough overhaul that Ducati’s project manager Stefano Tarabusi even got it "a completely new motorcycle" is called. The Ducati Monster 1200 S has definitely become noticeably sharper than the previous year’s model.

Driving impression Ducati Monster 1200 S

The 2017 Ducati M.The onster 1200 S immediately reveals how much it differs from the previous year’s model: The rear is steeper, the new, more massive single-sided swing arm reduces the wheelbase by 26 to 1,485 millimeters, the fork is steeper, and the caster is correspondingly shorter. Everything indicates that the Ducati Monster 1200 S has become significantly more agile.

Ducati Monster 1200 S in the PS driving report

2017 model thoroughly revised

Ducati Monster 1200 S made this assumption after just a few 180-degree years in the Maritime Alps near Monaco: It does not cause any effort, takes a slight incline, can be straightened up easily and still remains very trustworthy and stable when braking into the next bend – certainly also a merit of the Pirelli Diablo Rosso III. Unfortunately, the test track didn’t offer any wide, fast corners to put the Ducati Monster 1200 S to the test. It is definitely more front-wheel-oriented and almost as sporty as the (still available) 160 hp Ducati Monster 1200 R.

With 147 PS and 126 Nm from 1,198 cm³, the Ducati Monster 1200 S is perfectly motorized. In sport mode, she accelerates sharply and can be circled around corners with no problems even at just 3000 rpm. Cornering ABS, traction control and wheelie control are on board so that the Ducati Monster 1200 S’s performance is not transformed into deformation.

The S version of the 2017 Ducati Monster 1200 is 2900 euros more expensive than the basic version. For this extra charge, it offers an Ohlins chassis, Brembo M50 brakes at the front, a quickshifter with blipper function and lighter wheels as well as carbon protection"sheet" forehead. However, a steering damper can be missed on a sporty motorcycle like the Ducati Monster 1200 S – especially in this price segment.

Technical data Ducati Monster 1200 S

Drive: Two-cylinder 90-degree V-engine, four valves / cylinder, 108 kW (147 PS) at 9,250 / min, 126 Nm at 7,750 / min, bore / stroke: 106.0 / 67.9 mm, 1,198 cm³, compression: 13.0: 1 , ignition / injection system, 56 mm throttle valves, hydraulically operated multi-plate oil bath clutch, six-speed gearbox, chain

Landing gear: Steel tubular space frame, steering head angle: 66.7 degrees, caster: 86.5 mm, wheelbase: 1485 mm, inner fork tube Ø: 48 mm (standard 43 mm), spring travel from / h .: 130/149 mm

Wheels and brakes: Cast light alloy wheels, 3.50 x 17 / 6.00 x 17, front tires: 120/70 ZR 17, rear: 190/55 ZR 17, 330 mm double disc brakes (standard 320 mm) with four-piston fixed calipers at the front, 245 mm single disc with two-piston fixed caliper at the rear, traction control, cornering ABS

Weight: 211 kg with a full tank (standard 213 kg) Tank capacity: 16.5 liters of super

Base price: 17,090 (standard 14,190) Euro (plus ancillary costs)

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