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Monster 1100 officially unveiled

By Michael Carroll -

New bikes

 25 September 2008 09:48

These are the first official pictures of Ducati’s Monster 1100 and 1100S, which are due to go on sale before Christmas.

Two versions are due to be available, the standard 1100 and the 1100S. The latter features fully adjustable 43mm titanium nitride-coated Ohlins forks, and an Ohlins rear shock. Carbon fibre is used for the cam covers, exhaust end-can guards, and the front mudguard to cut the weight of the bike to 168kg, one kg lighter than the standard bike. 

Both models come with removable single-seat covers, and small bikini fairings, while the S version gets race-style 5-spoke gold wheels.

The bikes use the same 1100cc Desmodromic engine that is found in the Hypermotard and Multistrada. The Monster unit produces 95bhp at 7,500 rpm, and 79.5 lb-ft of torque at 6,000rpm.

MCN revealed spy shots of the bike taken from an Italian Monster web site in early September. The official photographs show those spy shots were bang on the money, with the bikes featuring a single-sided swingarm, and a Desmosedici-derived frame, making it look very similar to the current Monster 696.

The bikes round out the firm’s re-styled Monster range, and are due to be unveiled to the public at the forthcoming Intermot Motorcycle and Scooter show in Cologne.

Ducati plans to offer the Monster 1100 in red, silver, and black, while the 1100S would come in red or pearl white.