DUCATI MONSTER 1100S (2009 - 2013) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Power: 95 bhp
Seat height: Medium (31.9 in / 810 mm)
Weight: Low (373 lbs / 169 kg)

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Like the Ducati Monster 696 that arrived earlier in 2008, the bigger capacity Monster range was, after 15 years, in desperate need of an update. And the result is a belter. 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 & brakes

Next up: Engine
5 out of 5 (5/5)

The 1100S comes with Ohlins suspension front and rear, whereas the standard 1100 uses Showa. Visually, the forks add a welcome touch of class to the bike with their gold finish and titanium nitride-coated sliders, but practically they’re not the bonus you might imagine. Set harder than the standard forks, most riders wind down the compression damping until they feel just like the cheaper and more supple Showas. The Ohlins work better on track though. The Ohlins shock is a disappointment – it’s hard and has no compression damping adjustment so you can’t wind it off to ease the B-road pummelling. Fitting a softer spring helps. Overall, the Monster 1100S is still a sweet handling bike (all modern Monsters are), but unless you do plenty of track work it’s not the step up over the standard Monster you might imagine.

Engine

Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Being an air-cooled engine, the Ducati Monster 1100's peak power of only 95bhp doesn’t come into the equation, 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...  

- Video: Ducati Monster 1100S tested

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Ducati got it together by the time the 1100S was launched and, at last, 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 new and polished. 

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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.

Equipment

3 out of 5 (3/5)

You get more spangly bits on the 1100S than the standard 1100. The S has aluminium front disc carriers, carbon fibre cam belt covers and silencer guards, and the front mudguard is carbon too. Gold five-spoke Marchesini wheels to match the 43mm Ohlins forks are the finishing touch. Everything else is as per the standard 1100.

Specs

Engine size 1078cc
Engine type Air-cooled, 4v, 90° V-twin four-stroke. Six gears
Frame type Steel trellis
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 169kg
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 £93
Annual service cost -
New price -
Used price -
Insurance group 14 of 17
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Warranty term -

Top speed & performance

Max power 95 bhp
Max torque 79.5 ft-lb
Top speed 125 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 150 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

Fifteen years after Miguel Galluzzi’s il Monstro hit showroom floors, we arrive at a completely new model: Ducati Monster 1100.
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

Other versions

The Monster 1100S (£9000) is the hotter version and comes 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 1100S (2009 - 2013)

2 owners have reviewed their DUCATI MONSTER 1100S (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.

Review your DUCATI MONSTER 1100S (2009 - 2013)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Engine: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Equipment: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
5 out of 5 Classy Italian.
13 January 2012 by Strawbry

Its no superbike but its not supposed to be and that's its strength. Absolutely brilliant bike for everyday fun. Power delivery makes sense for 99% of rides. Its a little rough below 4000rpm but then twist further and you ride a wave of L Twin torque that is accompanied by the unmistakeable exhaust roar (esp with twin Termi's)of a Ducati 'on song'. Outstanding handling. Try one...it's adictive.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5 Superb in every way
13 July 2010 by nickyb65

Style with lots of character. 'S' version is worth the extra for the Ohlins alone. Choppy at below 3000rpm, but easy to ride above this. Brakes are top class. reliability and build up with the Jap bikes now.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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