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.