For 2017 the biggest offering in the Monster family gets a sleeker tank, a fully redesigned sports-style tail, an all-new headlight and a first-rate electronics package derived from the one fitted to the 1299 Panigale.
In terms of design this updated version is heading closer towards the original bike, and even gets little details like the steel tank once again being fitted with an attachment clip – just like the original.
- More power
- Cornering ABS
- New tank design
- 209kg / 211kg (S model)
- Seat height 795-820mm
Still available in two versions, a standard 1200 and a 1200S, both use the latest version of the Testastretta 11° DS engine, which is now knocking out a rather healthy claimed 150bhp at 9250rpm – a considerable 15bhp boost over the outgoing model in stock guise, and a cheeky 5bhp more than the outgoing S variant.
Still in residence behind the selector buttons on the bars is a comprehensive electronics package with three different Riding Modes (Sport, Touring and Urban), and includes the Inertial Measurement Unit that feeds information to the Bosch Cornering ABS and Ducati Wheelie Control systems.
The stocker will cost £11,495.
The S model gets a bit more control refinement from the 48mm Öhlins fork and rear monoshock, both of which are fully adjustable, and it also gets a braking upgrade to a set of beefy and increasingly ubiquitous Brembo M50 calipers and 330mm discs. Its three Y-spoke wheels also feature exclusive ‘S’ graphics, and it gets a carbon front fender, Daytime Running Light system and LED indicators.
The S will set you back £14,295 in red, and £14,495 in grey, when it arrives in the New Year.
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