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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

Ducati’s new 2011 Monster 1100 Evo moves the Monster story to the next level. It’s as good looking as ever, sounds great, its power is not overwhelming, it’s smooth and easy to use and thehandling is lightweight and fun. The addition of traction control and ABS gives the Monster superbike technology without the high price tag. For all the bling and stylish looks you get a lot of bike for just under £9000, especially compared to the nearest Japanese equivalent.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Being air-cooled, the Ducati Monster 1100 Evo’s two-valve, V-twin engine isn’t going to rip your arms out of their sockets, but the way it delivers its power is the key – being smooth and requiring minimum effort, letting you float along on a wave of torque – it’s perfect for the road. The new engine is the same motor featured in the current Hypermotoard 1100 Evo complete with redesigned cylinder head, higher compression and lighter crankshaft. The end result is a quoted 100bhp, which is impressive from an air-cooled motor.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The new Ducati Monster 1100 Evo comes with Marzocchi 43mm fully adjustable inverted front forks that replace the Showa units of old and out of the box there are very few complaints. The Sachs shock on the rear, meanwhile, is unchanged and adjustable for preload and rebound, and, again, in showroom settings is near perfect if a little hard for bumpy UK roads. The new Monster’s sporty set up means it wouldn’t feel out of place on the track!

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

Considering the £9000 price tag you get alot for your money. Traction control now comes as standard, as does ABS. The single-sided swing-arm remains and the wheels look like they’re off a superbike and are mouth-watering. Marzocchi, Sachs and Brembo add to the list of exotic names, the new Ducati Monster 1100 Evo certainly doesn’t appear like a ‘budget’ naked bike.

Ducati Monster 1100 Evo (2011-current)

Detail Value
New price £8,995
Dealer used prices
£7,360 (2011) - £8,520 (2013)
Private used prices
£6,500 (2011) - £7,670 (2013)
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Engine size 1078 cc
Power 100 bhp
Top speed 130 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Value rating is 5 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Over recent years Ducati has tried hard to move away from its reputation for poor reliability from the late 80 and early 90s. Thankfully reliability issues are no longer an issue and service intervals have been increased to save on costs. However, parts are still expensive in comparison to Japanese bikes.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

Considering today’s market and the escalating price of the Japanese competition the all new Ducati Monster 1100 Evo is good value. It’s got Brembo brakes, Marzocchi fully-adjustable inverted front forks, an adjustable Sachs rear shock, single-sided swing-arm, powerful air-cooled 100bhp V-twin, traction control and ABS, plus it says Ducati on the side. For less than £9000 that’s impressive.

Insurance

Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

2011: model introduced

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Specifications

Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 100 bhp
Max torque ft-lb
Weight 169 kg
Seat height 810 mm
Fuel capacity 13.5 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 1078 cc
Engine specification 2v four stroke V-twin, 6 gears
Frame Trellis steel
Front suspension adjustment 43mm forks fully adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Sachs single shock, adjust comp and pre-load only
Front brakes 2x 320mm Brembo 4 piston radial caliper
Rear brake 245mm disc single piston
Front tyre size 120/70x17
Rear tyre size 180/55x17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(6 reviews)

  • Monster fun

    H2pots

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Believe it or not I traded an 1198 in for my monster 1100 evo. I wanted to get away from the sports bike madness and the couple of hours niche riding and the remaining time a nightmare run that you get from running a full on supersports bike. I want to enjoy all parts of a run out on something that gives me a buzz at less than 3 figure speeds. Well, the Monster delivers,being a naked, 80mph feels like 100mph and every part of a ride is now enjoyable. The air cooled twin motor is a peach, as it says in the test, you just ride along on a wave of torque with a big grin on your face. Riding this Duke is like a breath of fresh air, loving it. To look at the monster is sexy from every angle (Ducati don't do ugly), sounds great (termi's would make the music even better, start saving), goes and handles a treat. As mentioned by someone before, this bikes a keeper.

    11 June 2012

  • Monster 796

    Tedbiker

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Bought the Rossi trim 796 in June - spunkiest looking bike ever made. Had a 600 Pantah before and you can really see 30 years of tech advancement - and it's 40kg. lighter than the Pantah. Even people that know nothing about bikes comment on it. Ridden 700 milesof pure joy. No complaints so far .

    02 November 2011

  • Nice bike @ 175 kg & 95 HP

    mostro

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I've had my M1100evo for about 2 months now - first a bit on the bike. The bike is easy to ride & great fun. It corners beautifully, normally with excellent stability at serious lean angles. After a bit of experimentation the Marzocchi forks work excellently. I landed on reducing both compression & rebound by 1/4 turn, to make the forks more responsive, while increasing preload by 1 1/6 turn to prevent bottoming-out. The rear shock is OK, but not nearly as good; I find the spring a bit stiff for solo use (and I don't mean preload). The lack of responsiveness can make the bike wiggle a bit if you get some bumps in your corner. But that's a minor issue, all in all the bike behaves beautifully and is superbly flickable. Power delivery too is superb. Keep the bike above 3500 RPM (4500 if you're going for it), and you'll have a very smooth & usable power curve. That's not to say it's one of the fastest - but you shouldn't expect that from an air cooled 2V. Its torque is good though, and combined with its excellent handling it makes for a great ride on twisty b-roads. And the Brembo's provide excellent braking. Other than the stiff rear spring, there are a few negatives, but they're all quite minor: - I prefer my clutch lever much deeper down, but you can't drop it in the standard set-up, because the mirror is on the same clamp. Is of course not too difficult to modify. - The brake oil pot vibrates quite a bit (again easily fixed). - I had mine too stall 2-3 times. And it missed a gear twice (false neutral). But all of these only happened in the first 500 miles, and none of this happened in the last 6 weeks. So overall: very happy riding this bike. While I'm pretty pleased with the bike, that doesn't mean I'm happy with Ducati. I feel seriously misled by that company. The bike was introduced as a bike of 169 kg dry, producing 100 HP - and that's just not true, neither of those figures. It weighs 175 kg dry, in a normal sense (like, for instance KTM uses), the difference being 3 kg oil and 3 kg battery. And it produces just 95 HP (70 kW). These are the official numbers from the EC Certificate of Conformity, for the 2011 Monster 1100evo, and the Direttore di stabilimento signed for them. If these numbers from the CoC are not true, the vehicle registration is invalid, and you run the risk of not being insured in case of an accident. So those numbers must be true, and I feel misled. If you're considering to buy one - please be advised.

    28 August 2011

  • Pure Joy!

    1100evo

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I just got my 1100 eve for a couple of weeks, and what joy and fun this has brought me. Agreed with previous reviewer, it's like having your own roller coaster ride every time you swing your leg over. To top it off, it's beautiful to look at, and the engine is music to the soul. Tremendously satisfying. I got quite a few friendly from kids and strangers which i have never gotten while riding my VTR-1000, which was a lot faster and smoother, but not as exciting. The only low was engine sudden cut off 2-3 times during first few hundreds miles. This is a keeper 5/5.

    07 August 2011

  • Monster 1100 Evo

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I don't think the person who reviewed this bike before me 'got' what the Monster is all about. It is more than just "okay" - read what all the experienced bike journos have to say about it as well. At the time of test riding the Monster, I was the owner of a ZZR1400 "rocketship", and the ZZR has now made way for the Monster, which in my opinion was going to take A LOT. ~200 bhp down to ~100 bhp - crazy you might say, but the L-twin is a gem in the way it makes its power (just keep it between 4.5-7.5k rpm). The monster may not have the top speed of the ZZR (although it'll do a genuine 130+ mph), but it was ferociously fast thanks to the torque to weight ratio, and probably much faster on twisty roads than I'd dare ride my ZZR at. I didn't have any problems with heat from the engine, the gearbox was no better/worse than the 10+ Japanese bikes I've owned, and yes it is ‘lumpy’ at town speeds (under 4k rpm), but it is a air-cooled L-twin, what do you expect? You can’t call me biased because I’d gotten off a ZZR which was super smooth even at speeds that will land you in jail, but you need to judge the Monster for what it is – not for what you want it to be. It exudes more character than any Japanese bike I've owned – it looks great (high quality components), sounds fantastic, and goes like a rocket. Only two negatives I can think of: 1) small fuel tank; 2) no fuel gauge. I also test rode a 2011 Speed Triple before I test rode the Monster, and even though the Speed was a brilliant bike (and it really is!), biking for me is about ‘fun’, and the Speed was just a little more ‘civilised and safe’, whereas the Monster was like being on a theme park ride at the twist of the throttle. I’ll have a black one to go please…

    24 July 2011

  • It's a Ducati. OK

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Had a blast on the Ducati monster 1100evo, Its okay nothing special. But I did get off a Kawasaki 08 ZX10R was the same price at the time I brought it. So comparing it to this bike its average so not bad for a naked. Niggles are when at traffic lights your right leg begins to melt and finding neutral is terrible, by the time I had the bike in neutral the lights turned green this happened at every set, vibration at town speed, throttle can be a bit jerky (town), acceleration not as good as mine, I thought twins were meant to have good low and mid range grunt, owe well and you don’t get a tank of petrol when you buy, boo hiss. Dealers excuse, we have to show you the petrol light works, yeah right. Good points the ABS and DTC well done Ducati, easy to ride, light weight, brakes well, feels stable in corners, comfortable and nice seat height. This review might seem harsh but when your dropping that kind of wedge you have to be. + I still might get one, I have to try a few more naked bikes first. Z1000 etc. Ducati Monster 1100evo £9125 otr.

    21 May 2011

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1100 Evo

I had one of these for two days while my ST2 was in for service.

Its a toy basically. The front is feather light and it handles superb as you would expect. There is no weight to it so you get a fair amount of power (not massive) but plenty of go, loads of torque which makes for a non stop grin. Excellent front brakes also. Not that slick around town but very light so easy to manage her.

The one I had (which only had 500 miles on the clock) had a few starting issues and did cut out on me at one point., The engine management light came on a few times i think it was complaining it was coming up for its 500 miles service. That aside it was great but having said that I was glad to be back on my ST2 for everyday riding. Try it yourself, it would make an excellent weekend toy.

02 June 2011 08:24

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Commute on this you mother #3

*Test Ride* First time on a Ducati. Little bit nervous, no need to be the bike is easy to ride just like the Z1000, comparing it to the Z1000 its as good if a little tamer in the engine department, (100hp Monster), (136hp Z), and its not as good in town, what sets it apart from other naked bikes is the safety pack Ducati have ABS, Traction Control.(£9125otr monster), (£8800otr Z), £325 extra is all you pay. Ducati and Good Value, words you don’t see together that often. Walk, no! Run to your dealer.
 

27 May 2011 21:32

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