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DUCATI MONSTER 1200R (2016-on) Review

Published: 09 October 2015

Updated: 05 December 2019

Impressive on track, yet offers the comfort superbikes can only dream of

Ducati Monster 1200 R static side profile

Impressive on track, yet offers the comfort superbikes can only dream of

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Powerful and track focused the Ducati Monster 1200S is a true supernaked. The R model has 15bhp more than the S model and is 2kg lighter. It has improved handling due to uprated Ohlins suspension and improved ground clearance with a revised foot-peg position. For a large naked bike it’s hugely impressive on track. 

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

The Ohlins forks and shock have increased in length to lift the main body of the bike by 15mm. This has resulted in an increase in gound clearance.

The Ducati Monster 1200 R also gets new bigger brakes, a new sub-frame which holds the slimmer tail unit, new colour dash and the Öhlins steering damper – all as standard.

The handling is really impressive for a large-capacity naked bike; quick steering is really accurate and it doesn’t run wide on corner exits.  

Engine 4 out of 5

Power is up 10% over the S model thanks to an increased exhaust diameter (up 8mm), larger throttle bodies and raised compression. Other internal changes are mainly to reduce noise and comply with Euro 4 regualtions. Ducati quote 160bhp with 97ftlb of torque. Power and drive is impressive but it feels a little lazy in the higher gears, a quick shifter would help keep the revs buzzing.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The 1198 engine has proven reliable over the years, and depsite the increased performance, reliability shouldn’t be a problem, service intervals reamain the same. 

Our Ducati Monster 1200 R owners' reviews show largely very positive reports.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

There’s no arguing it’s an expensive fun naked bike but extended service intervals of 9000 miles helps keep running cost down. Valve clearances need checking every 18,000 miles.

Insurance group: 16 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

The Monster R comes with the same rider modes and safety pack as the S model. The very clever full colour ‘iphone-like’ clocks come with a gear position indicator.

Ducati have included their unique safety pack, which is a bucket full of riders aids which includes eight-way traction control, three riding modes and the latest Bosch 9MP cornering ABS braking system.

It also gets 1299 Panigale-style wheels with the same huge 200 section Pirelli Supercorsa SP tyre on the rear; the new Monster R can certainly head straight to the race track.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2016
Year discontinued -
New price £15,250
Used price £9,300 to £12,500
Warranty term 2 years Unlimited
Running costs
Insurance group 16 of 17
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost -
Max power 160 bhp
Max torque 97 ft-lb
Top speed 150 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 50 mpg
Tank range 170 miles
Engine size 1198cc
Engine type Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 8v desmo V-twin
Frame type Tubular Steel
Fuel capacity 17.5 litres
Seat height 830mm
Bike weight 180kg
Front suspension 48mm Ohlins fully adj
Rear suspension Ohlins fully adj
Front brake 2x330mm Brembo four piston monobloc, ABS
Rear brake 245mm disc, Brembo single piston. ABS
Front tyre size 120/70X17
Rear tyre size 200/55x17

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their DUCATI MONSTER 1200R (2016-on) 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 1200R (2016-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Great Track Bike

19 July 2017 by Old Racer Rob

Bought for the track after a 17 year break. Track ready out of the shop! After one track day in the medium group to ease myself back into riding, this bike is carrying me into the fast group at a respectful pace. So fast (for me) in and out of corners and very stable all round. Loads of fun without the cramped riding position as my old injuries are not very flexible. Went in to buy a Panigale and came out with a Monster.....I always thought they were for the 'show and no go' crowd. How wrong!....... Great decision. Got to find the bad points yet.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Rock Solid. I'm maybe not pushing hard enough.
5 out of 5
Low down grunt out of corners is amazing.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Rock Solid so far.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
No idea of servicing costs yet, but 4 out of 5 because I'm a Yorkshire man, and everything could be cheaper! Tyres lasting reasonably well with track abuse.
5 out of 5
Go for the Termi's. Standard tyres take some beating. R&G Crash protection saved a few bob when forgetting side stand. Maybe I have been off bikes a while, but the digital display tells me more than I need.
Buying experience

Ducati Leeds...... Very Easy.

Photo Gallery

  • Ducati Monster 1200 R static side profile
  • Ducati Monster 1200 R knee down cornering
  • Ducati Monster 1200 R front wheel
  • Ducati Monster 1200 R radiator
  • Ducati Monster 1200 R wheelie
  • Ducati Monster 1200 R fuel tank
  • Ducati Monster 1200 R screen
  • Ducati Monster 1200 R seat
  • Ducati Monster 1200 R cornering on track fast
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