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!
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.
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.
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.
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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.