DUCATI MONSTER 1100 (2009 - 2013) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£300|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
Like the Ducati Monster 696 that arrived earlier in 2008, the Monster range was, after 15 years, in desperate need of an update. And the result is the best air-cooled Monster ever. Only subtle styling tweaks have been applied, but serious thought and attention has been lumped on the engine and chassis components. If it’s a pleasurable, no-nonsense, quality and stylish ride you’re after, this is it.
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Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
On the road the ride is plush with the usual shed of feel from both wheels. Handling isn’t race bike fast but quick enough to have fun when the right set of bends demand. Thankfully the absurd feel of the bars being bolted directly to the front spindle to give impromptu waggles has been diluted.
EngineNext up: Reliability
The Ducati Monster 1100's peak power of only 95bhp isn't going to set anyone's world alight but the way the V-twin delivers the power is a seamless, grunty character-laden joy. Claimed torque of 79ftlb makes the short burst of performance in each gear very satisfying, and deceptively fast. And also very easy to control...
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
Ducati got it together by this point and its motorcycles are tidily put together. There are no unnecessary wires or cables flapping about in the breeze and everything is finished to perfection. From frame to engine cases, everything is tidy and polished.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
The problem with the Ducati is, for the performance it offers there is a lot of competition that offers more for the same price. But then it is arguable the Ducati is far better looking and has a shade more credibility when the garage door swings open. Find a Ducati Monster 1100 for sale.
The base model of the 1100 Ducati Monster range is quite sparse on techno goodies. But we do like the tapered handlebars, stacked headlight, painted frame and the timeless view of a single-sided swingarm.
|Engine type||Air-cooled, 4v, 90° V-twin four-stroke. Six gears|
|Frame type||Steel trellis|
|Fuel capacity||15 litres|
|Front suspension||Rebound and compression damping, spring preload|
|Rear suspension||Rebound and spring preload|
|Front brake||2 x 320 discs with 4-piston calipers|
|Rear brake||245mm disc with two-piston caliper|
|Front tyre size||120/70 x 17|
|Rear tyre size||180/55 x 17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||45 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£101|
|Annual service cost||£300|
|Used price||£5,200 - £9,000|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||95 bhp|
|Max torque||79.5 ft-lb|
|Top speed||125 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||11.46 secs|
|Tank range||171 miles|
Model history & versions
1993: Ducati M900 S Monster, 904cc, 74bhp
1996: Ducati M900 Monster with basic detail cjhanges and optional flyscreen
1998: Ducati M900 Monster Dark, all-black version, lower price
2002: Ducati M900ie Monster, 904cc, 78bhp, fuel injected, lighter and tweaked components, revised suspension. Monster Dark version available
2003: Ducati M1000S ie, 992cc 84bhp
2005: Ducati Monster S2R, 803cc, 77bhp, single-sided swingarm, side mounted exhausts
The Monster 1100S is the hotter version and came with Ohlins suspension, carbon fibre infill body panels, timing belt covers and front mudguard. Front disc inner rotors are aluminium and the bike is 1kg lighter at 168kg dry.
Owners' reviews for the DUCATI MONSTER 1100 (2009 - 2013)
9 owners have reviewed their DUCATI MONSTER 1100 (2009 - 2013) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Reliability & build quality:|
|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£300|
NO GEAR CHANGE INDICATOR OR FUEL GAUGE BUT MASSIVE GRIN FACTOR TRADED UP FROM THE 796 GOOD TRADE UP I FEEL. FANTASTIC FEEL MORE SMILE TO THE MILE THAN ANY OTHER BIKE I'VE HAD ON MY 38TH
BREMBO PADS SUCK, FERODO WORK BETTER.
MISSILE UP TO 125 THEN NOTHING BUT HELPS KEEP THE OLD LICENCE
STILL SHINY 9 YEARS ON COOL.
DESMO SERVICE AND BELTS WELL SALTY BUT HEY, IT'S A DUCATI
HEALPRO GEAR CHANGE INDICATOR FAB. MAXXIS DIAMOND NOT SO GOOD DRIFT ON FAST BENDS BUT EXCELLENT MILAGE, TERMIS TO NOISEY BUT AFTER MARKET BAFFLES QUIET IT DOWN.
Buying experience: PRICE A LITTLE BIT STEEP FROM DEALER
A great all round bike that is comfortable yet still sporty to ride. Makes all the right noises, especially with the Termi pipes. Gives off a bit of heat, but thats the price of an air cooled engine (with one cylinder under your bum). Shame it doesn't have a gear indicator but it is true that you 'feel' this bike as it has so much character. The bike will tell you what gear it needs to be in.
Suspension slightly on the firm side but overall very good.
Magic, flexible engine
Has ABS and TC
Easy to fall in love with. Amazing looks, torqey and powerful yet useful engine.
Great handling, very light. Good brakes.
Lot of torque, enough power and easy to manage. Gearing and trottle response are a little but tricky in slow corners/roundabouts.Will get better with the Performance ECU and Termignoni cans. Lovely sound.
Made of quality components like showa forks, radial brembo's etc. Has sometimes troubles starting cold at first attempt
Service is not cheap but Ducati's hold their value well
This is a naked bike, what you see is what you get. Very good components tough.
Annual servicing cost: £300
Very emotional, completely focused on riding. Good compromise between comfort and sportiness. Not recommended around town for the engine is pretty rough in low RPMs and it gets quite hot.
Ride is relatively smooth for this sporty setup but forks may need adjustment if you are > 70kg. Brake feel can be improved with different pads, performance is very good. ABS system works perfectly. Cornering could not be more fun. Very safe feeling and excellent control.
Extremely emotional engine, very sporty configuration for open roads. With traction control disabled you get ultra direct throttle response. Power delivery is beefy and linear from 3000RPM right into the limiter. Great noise in stock configuration. This very direct setup makes it a bit annoying around town but great on open twisty roads. You can definitely battle the "unbeatable" 1200GS on Alps passes!
Premium feel, no breakdowns, virtually no oil consumption after more than 4000 miles. Very good components all over.
If you buy one used now, you'll probably not lose much in a few years if you ever want to sell it again. With maintenance intervals of 7500 miles the running costs are converse to prejudices pretty low. Also this is a two valve engine, so even more complex services are rather cheap.
Have to do a tail tidy. Stock handle bar may be something that causes irritation for people that have not ridden a Monster before. It has a quite unique seating position. For longer rides, the touring seat is a definite recommendation. I love the look of the rims (they're lighter too). ABS and DTC (traction control) work very well with stock Pirelli Diablo Rosso 2 tires. Have now Continental RoadAttack Evo 2 on and those are great except for that the DTC does kick in way earlier.
Buying experience: Dealer. Depends as always. However I do trust my guys.
There is compression adjustment on the rear shock, but you have to to buy your own C-spanner to use it, as there isn't one in the tool kit. Personally I don't find it a problem riding in traffic although the characteristic low down lumpiness took a couple of rides to get used to & it does, granted, get a little warm after a while (as with all air-cooled bikes?). The balance & precision of handling is superb which, combined with the light weight, makes low speed manouvres a doddle & inspires confidence in out-of-town corners, or even at the indicated top speed of 134mph (with luggage, on the autobahn!). I have to take issue with the last reviewer's final comment: The sensation of speed is, for me, enhanced by the way the motor thunders up to speed, not hidden. After test riding the Monster, my 1250S Bandit felt phenomenally quiet, slow & boring at the same speeds. Test one. If it's the sort of bike you're looking for it will instantly seduce you to the point where you just have to get one!
Nice bike that succeeds to keep it simple. Ride is sporty but not too harsh but I would've appreciated some compression adjustment on the rear shock. Handling is light and stable and the riding position is much sportier than it's naked appearance suggests making it great fun on twisty back roads and mountain passes. Not so good in town unfortunately. Fueling is snatchy at low revs and hunts around when trying to hold a constant speed and clutch is a bit heavy for stop-start traffic. Inside thighs will get uncomfortable hot if you get stuck in traffic! Best mod for this bike is dropping a tooth on the front sprocket. It's been over geared to help pass emissions regulations and the motor is much happier spinning a little faster with noticeably less 'shudder' at low rpm's. Equipment is ok when you consider Ducati have tried very hard to keep the cost down. Brakes are Brembo and plenty strong enough and suspension is very well matched to bike. No fuel level but it does have a reserve light and economy is excellent. I rode nearly 2.5k miles around Europe and was seeing 200 miles to a tank cruising in 6th at 65mph. Usually 130 miles to reserve light when giving it a weekend thrash. No reliability issues at 8k miles and finish is good too. Ok it's a bit expensive for the level of kit you get but it should hold it's value well and and it's great fuel economy takes the sting out out of Ducati ownership if you plan on riding more than 3k miles a year. Servicing is around £350 for 7.5k mile service at a main dealer which is a bit pricey but nothing compared to the superbikes in their ranges. Engine is a real gem. Loads of torque from as low as you can stand the vibes (about 2.5k rpm for me) and you can actually use all of the rev range without accidentally hitting 3 figure speeds. Your usually moving faster than you think though as the slow revving motor hides the sensation of speed.
I've only had mine a few weeks but knew what I was getting into after riding 800 k's in Spain in October 08 at the Ducati World Presidents Meeting. That pre-launch adventure was enough to convince me to trade the Sport Classic in on something more practical and comfortable, although I loved that bike as well. The Monster provides superb torque and tractability and brings a smile to my face every time I jump on. It's light and handles like a dreram. Yes, they're expensive but what the heck, it's a Ducati! I reckon this one might be a keeper!
I have had motorcycles for the past 25 years, but it was only when I moved to London that I started using it everyday. After 1 year on a Honda Hornet, I wanted something bigger. Tried the Honda CB1000 and the Speed Triple, and they are very nice bikes, but the minute I got the Ducati out for a ride I felt I was 13 again riding my two stroke bike. Fantastic. Very fast. The sound is great, the response of the two cilinders amazing. Put some Leo Vince pipes and opened the clutch, really enjoying it. Only problem is: you hit traffic those 1,100cc will generate tons of heat. All of my friends that took it for a spin got back with a big smile. Impressive if you consider that it does not even have 100hp.
Straight from the off I have been massively impressed by this bike. A few little niceties missing like gear and fuel indicator but with a bike this much fun to ride im willing to forgive. Although expensive I have the Titanium Termis, all considered I would say they are worth every penny.