Ducati Monster 1200 R Sets Ridiculous Bar 0-to-60 in 3.2 Seconds
Some things are just better naked. Introducing the Ducati Monster 1200 R, without question one of the most innovatively designed and overall original naked Ducati in recent memory.
Ducati started by raising its chassis setup 15mm for a sleek 50-degree angle that ensures its racing-derived frame is optimized for any track right out of the showroom as one of the lightest weight built-for-power bikes around today – a downright willowy 456 pounds topped off with forged wheels, plenty of brand-new carbon fiber parts throughout, and a tail piece that’s been on a crash diet.
The monster keeps itself upright and charging ahead by balancing its 160 horsepower (9,250 RPM) and 97 foot-pounds of torque (7,750 RPM) with its fully adjustable Öhlins shocks and suspension mated with a steering damper and 48mm titanium nitride-coated forks. It’s all to complement the redesigned Testatretta 11 engine and surrounding blend of 1299 Panigale and 1200 S components with the entirely new parts.
The full-grown beast rages from 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds, a new bar set for the lineup’s naked Ducatis formerly dominated by the 145-hp 1200 S and now–discontinued 155-hp Fighter 1098. For finishing touches, radially-mounted Brembo Monobloc M50 brakes and eight-level traction control provide stopping on a dime, flip-out rear foot pegs comfortably accommodate passengers, and lift control and three pre-set riding modes engineer a more personally comfortable riding experience than ever.