The re-vamp of Ducati’s Monster
line-up should now be complete with the announcement of the new Monster
1100 and 1100S for 2009.
The 1100 uses a lightened air-cooled, 1078 cc Desmo motor, with 2 valve heads, six speed box and a dry clutch. Max claimed horsepower is 95 at 7,500 rpm, with a maximum torque of 76 ft-lb at 6,000 rpm.
The usual Duacti Trellis frame uses a new aluminium single sided swing arm with 43 mm USD forks up front. Overall ride height is 40 mm up (with a seat height of 810 mm) on the 696 Monster for greater clearance and therefore increased lean angles.
Braking is by twin four piston calipers and 320 mm discs up front and a
single two piston caliper and 245 mm disc out back. Wheels are
aluminium 17 inchers with Y-spokes. At 168.6 kg (371 lb) for the 1100
and a kilo less for the 1100S, they’re 8 kg less than the S2R 1000 and
undercutting high-tech 600 sport bikes for weight.
The Monster 1100S shares the basic layout of the standard but has fancier Ohlins suspension, aluminum front disc brake holders and a spattering of carbon fibre (cam belt covers, silencer guards, front fender) to save that 1 kg of weight. Oh, and the wheels come in a gold colour.
Body/frame colour options are red, silver/red and black for the standard, and red or white/black for the S version. No word yet on Canadian pricing.