2016 Ducati Monster 1200 R: More Power, Less Weight

Sep 19, 2015 View Comments by

2016 Ducati Monster 1200 R: More Power, Less WeightDucati’s Latest Naked Bike –

The open class naked bike segment has exploded over the past few years with a plethora of new models boasting potent combinations of power and performance, with that all-important upright seating position. Ducati’s entries into this competitive arena, the Monster 1200 and 1200 S, have mostly played second fiddle to the KTM 1290 Super Duke R, BMW S 1000 R, and, to a lesser extent, the Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 RR. Not to take this lying down, Ducati has recently announced the 2016 Monster 1200 R, with a variety of upgrades.

Starting with the motor, the 11° Testastretta DS power plant gets a power boost to 160hp (up from 145 in S model and 135 in the base 1200), with 97 foot-pounds of torque. According to Ducati, 75-percent of the torque is available below 3,500rpm, which bodes well for the engine’s character on the street. To go with the increase in power, the Monster 1200 R has also shed some weight. A total of 4.4 pounds was saved with a redesigned tailpiece and the addition of some carbon fiber parts as well as new three spoke Marchesini alloy forged wheels. Those wheels now come shod with sticky Pirelli Diablo Super Corsa SP rubber.

The Monster 1200 R also gets a new Öhlins suspension setup, which includes 48mm, fully adjustable, titanium nitride coated forks, a fully adjustable Öhlins rear shock with progressive linkage, and a steering damper.

Of course, the R shares the rest of its chassis, electronics, instrumentation, and more with the rest of the Monster 1200 lineup. The new king of the Monster hill will be available in Ducati Red and Thrilling Black in early 2016. Pricing has not yet been announced but we’re expecting it to be north of the Monster 1200 S’s $15,995 MSRP.


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