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Ducati Monster 1200R: the devil in the detail…

Published: 19 September 2015

Ducati’s Chief Designer Gianandrea Fabbro reveals the thinking behind the most powerful Monster yet.

Fabbro was the man who penned the 1199 Panigale and also headed the Monster 1200R redesign. He worked on the new bike with the idea of making it more sporty and more technical while retaining the simplicity of the original  Monster design.

The Monster is widely credited with being the bike that saved Ducati from bankruptcy back in the early 1990s as it managed to be a big-selling model that put cash back into the company bank account.

Designer Miguel Galluzzi famously said: “All you need is a saddle, tank, engine, two wheels and handlebars” and throughout the development of the following Monster models this has been adhered to as much as possible.

His successor Fabbro added: “I don’t know if Galluzzi had the outline of a charging bull in mind when he designed the original Monster but that hunched appearance with everything centred around the top of the fuel tank is something we have kept in our minds all the way through this model design.

“Our idea was to enhance the mechanical look of the bike and make it as elemental as possible. The new tailpiece is important because it has that Coke bottle shape from overhead and gives a sporty look to the bike.”

Ducati refuse to be drawn on a price for the new 1200R, but with the 1200S costing £13,350, we’d expect the 1200R to arrive in dealers at around £16,000.

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