7 roaring Ducati Monsters

Published: 04 March 2016

Great buys for any budding Ducati owner

Ducati Monster 821 (2014-current)

Another all-new reinvention of the Monster, this time to liquid-cooled from air-cooled engines as forced by ever-tightening European emissions regulations. As before, a junior (821) and senior (1200) versions were launched alongside each other. Both share Testastretta-derived, four-valve engines (in the 821’s case putting out 112bhp), all-new chassis, a (slightly) more laid-back, cruiser-ey posture and fresh bodywork and clocks – still unmistakably a Monster, though.
What you’ll pay today £6900-£9000.
But should you? Current entry-level Monster is more user-friendly and sophisticated than ever.

Ducati Monster 1200/S/R (2014-current)

Big brother to the all-new 821 now comes in three guises (stock, S and, from 2016, R). All are based around the liquid-cooled, four-valve, 11° ‘Testastretta’ engine already used in the Multistrada. That means 145bhp, rider modes, traction control and ABS while the S has Öhlins front and rear and the R has an extra 15bhp, uprated clocks and lightweight components – all for around £16K. Hasn’t the Monster grown!
What you’ll pay today £11,500-£12,800 (the R is new this year).
But should you? Still the definitive Italian, performance roadster – but it’s a far cry from the original raw 900.

 

Ducati Monster S2R (2004-2008)

The looks of the S4R but with the affordability and practicality of the basic Monster. The S2R blended the S4R chassis complete with bikini fairing and single-sided swingarm (although some of the cycle parts, in truth, were more basic) with the conventional, 77bhp, air-cooled two-valve motor from the then Monster 800. As such, although no fire-breather, the model blended the best of both worlds, being affordable and accessible on the one hand and exotic and stylish on the other.
What you’ll pay today £3600-£5000.
But should you? Find a good one and it’s a win-win.

Ducati Monster S4/R/RS (2001-2007)

Performance versions of original 900 Monster began with 2001’s S4 with a detuned 916 motor and continued with 2003’s S4R with 996 engine, single-sided swinger and twin, side-mounted pipes and finally 2006’s S4RS with Öhlins, radial Brembos and 130bhp.
What you’ll pay today Less lairy S4s can be had for under £3K and is a connoisseur’s choice. S4Rs cost £4300-£6000.
But should you? An S4R can be more usable and just as flash as a 996/999.

 

Ducati Monster 1100/S/Evo (2009-2013)

The bigger brother to the new 696 used a variant of the Multistrada 1100’s 1078cc  motor, which put out 95bhp. Even better still was the ‘S’ version introduced at the same time, which featured multi-adjustable Öhlins suspension. In 2011 it was improved further still with the 1100 Evo, with traction control, Marzocchi suspension and ABS.
What you’ll pay today £5000-£8000.
But should you? Last of the air-cooled Monsters. An ‘S’ is classy but still practical.

Ducati M900/1000 Monster (1993-2008)

The original Monster’s creation as Miguel Galluzzi/Massimo Bordi’s ‘parts-bin special’ (frame is modified 888, engine 900SS, front end 750SS etc) is well-known. Less so is the fact the funky roadster effectively rescued Ducati. Its simple build saved development costs and its instant appeal spawned a whole family.
What you’ll pay today £2400-£3400 for a 900 and rising.
But should you? Raw, but still stylish and fun.

 

Ducati Monster 696 (2008-2012)

The original Monster wasn’t completely updated until 2008 – first with the entry-level 696, later with the full-bore 1100. While retaining the original’s ‘runty’ spirit, both featured all-new chassis, fully-reworked air-cooled two-valve motors and new clocks, bodywork and more. Cheaper 696 had more basic spec and 67bhp but handling and performance were both improved over the old model.
What you’ll pay today £4000-£6000.
But should you? Brilliantly affordable.