One-score and five years ago, Ducati brought forth a new motorcycle concept, conceived in Europe, dedicated to the proposition that low weight plus a torquey motor equals mega fun.
At least, that’s how Honest Abe Lincoln would have put it. In plain English, this is the 25th anniversary of the original Ducati Monster, one of the most iconic naked bikes of all time. To celebrate, the big brains in Bologna have introduced the Monster 1200 25° Anniversario, a special edition of the current Monster model limited to 500 units.
What sets it apart, aside from the name? There’s an upscale fit and finish, with fancy paint, carbon-fibre bits and pieces machined from solid billet. There’s forged Marchesini wheels, fully-adjustable Ohlins suspension front and rear, twin Brembo discs and monobloc calipers up front, and single Brembo caliper in back. Ohlins also provides a steering damper.
The anniversary edition of the bike makes 147 hp at 9,250 rpm and a maximum torque of 124 Nm at 7,750 rpm. That’s less than the Monster 1200 S model.
Even though there are only 500 units being built, some will be coming to Canada, with an MSRP of $23,195. See more details in Ducati’s official press release below.
Ducati presents the Monster 1200 25° Anniversario
• The most precious and exclusive Monster ever to celebrate 25 years of history of the iconic Ducati naked
• Limited edition of only 500 numbered pieces
• A special colour scheme, machined from solid components, high-quality finishings, carbon fibre and a lot of technology
The Monster was first presented at the Cologne trade fair in 1992, production began on 5 March 1993 and in just a few years the bike reached icon status in the world of motorcycles. The model was responsible for launching the category of Naked sports bikes and an ever growing and ever more devoted community of riders grew up around it: Monster fans. To celebrate the first 25 years of history of the most iconic of the Bologna-based manufacturer’s motorcycles – over 325,000 of them have been made since 1993 – Ducati has decided to create the Monster 1200 25° Anniversario.
Only 500 numbered examples of the Monster 1200 25° Anniversario will be produced, which for Ducati embodies the maximum expression of a Naked sports bike. Just over 100 bikes will be available in North America. The limited edition is characterised by an exclusive livery featuring the three colours of the Italian flag on the nose fairing, fuel tank and passenger seat cover, inspired by the 2008 Monster S4RS Testastretta Tricolore. The special colour scheme partners perfectly with the prestige seat which is embroidered with the 25th anniversary logo. The gold coloured frame and forged Marchesini wheels with W spokes in the same colour are another distinguishing feature of this Monster, which also has numerous other prestigious details machined from solid aluminium, such as the mirrors, frame plugs, handlebar end weights and the petrol cap, which is a standard fitting. The articulated brake and clutch levers as well as the plate holder are also in aluminium, while the front and rear mudguards, the keyhole cover and the exhaust heat guard are in carbon fibre. The Monster 1200 25° Anniversario also comes with a bike cover, decorated with the particular logo of this special limited edition.
As for the chassis set up, the Monster 1200 25° Anniversario boasts the best anyone could wish for on a Naked sports bike. The tubular steel trellis frame and single-sided aluminium swing arm are paired with a fully adjustable Öhlins fork with 48 mm diameter stanchions, an Öhlins rear suspension which is also fully adjustable, as well as a steering damper also supplied by the Swedish firm. The first-class braking system is made up of two 330 mm diameter Brembo discs paired with Brembo M50 monobloc callipers. The rear 245 mm diameter disk is matched with a Brembo caliper.
The Monster 1200 25° Anniversario is equipped with the latest evolution of the Testastretta 11° DS which guarantees high levels of power and torque as well as fluid and full delivery even at low revs and a manageable accelerator response that’s always gradual, ensuring maximum riding fun.
The twin-cylinder Monster 1200 25° Anniversario puts out 147 hp at 9,250 rpm and a maximum torque of 124 Nm at 7,750 rpm.
Thanks to the constant attention paid by Ducati to quality and reliability, the Testastretta 11° DS engine of the Monster 1200 25° Anniversario guarantees long maintenance intervals – the regulation of the valves, for example, is due every 30,000 km.
The impressive electronic package features three different Riding Modes (Sport, Touring and Urban), as well as an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) which supplies information to the ABS Bosch Cornering and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) systems. Thanks to these high level electronic systems, which also include Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Ducati Quick Shift Up and Down (DQS) for swift gear changes without using the clutch, the Monster 1200 25° Anniversario guarantees authentic Ducati performance that is manageable and suitable for all riders, as usual also providing a high level of active safety control.
The colour TFT instrument panel provides all the necessary information and allows the rider to regulate the Riding Mode settings through a pleasant and user-friendly interface. In addition, the headlight is equipped with a DRL (Daytime Running Light) system, which ensures perfect daytime visibility and allows for the motorcycle to be seen immediately.
The Monster 1200 25° Anniversario will be available in North America in November for $19,995 USD in the U.S., $23,195 CAD in Canada and $388,900 MXN in Mexico. Starting now riders can reserve the limited edition Monster 1200 25th Anniversario here.
Exclusive characteristics of the Monster 1200 25° Anniversario:
• “25° Anniversario” Italian flag livery with gold coloured frame and wheel rims
• Premium seat with embroidered “25°” logo
• Limited edition serial number (xxx/500) on the frame
• Forged Marchesini wheels with W spokes
• Öhlins steering damper
• Articulated brake and clutch levers
• Machined-from-solid mirrors
• Machined-from-solid frame plugs
• Machined-from-solid handlebar end weights
• Aluminium plate holder
• Carbon fibre keyhole cover
• Carbon fibre exhaust heat guard
• Carbon fibre front and rear mudguards
• Dedicated grips
• Nose fairing
• Machined-from-solid petrol cap (supplied)
• “25° Anniversario” bike cover (supplied)
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