2015 Frankfurt Motor Show: Ducati Unveils The Monster 1200 R - Overdrive
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2015 Frankfurt Motor Show: Ducati unveils the Monster 1200 R

15 Sep 2015 / 1

Ducati took the wraps off its new Monster 1200 R during the Volkswagen Group Night in Frankfurt. This motorcycle will run the R version of Testastretta 11° DS twin-cylinder engine. Compared to the engine on Monster 1200 S, this version delivers 10 per cent more power and 5.5 per cent more torque. The Monster 1200 R’s engine will produce 160PS and 131Nm, making it the most powerful naked bike from Ducati. It also gets a wet clutch with a ‘slipper’ function that is operated through a Brembo master cylinder.

Ducati Monster 1200 R (2)

The new Monster 1200 R gets a redesigned tail end which is more compact and high-slung. The chassis set-up has been raised by 15mm at the front and rear end, giving it a higher stance than the Monster 1200 S and ensuring better lean angles. It will get Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres with the rear wheel using a 200/55 ZR17 sized tyre.

Ducati Monster 1200 R (3)

The Monster 1200 R comes with a new suspension set-up featuring fully adjustable 48mm diameter titanium nitride-coated Öhlins forks with black-anodised bottoms and bodies as well as a fully adjustable Öhlins rear shock. Along with this new suspension package, it will get an Öhlins adjustable steering damper that controls handlebar movement under heavy acceleration.

Ducati Monster 1200 R (1)

The braking system on the Monster 1200 R features radially-mounted M50 monobloc callipers with 330mm discs at the front. At the rear, the bike will get one 245mm disc with a single Brembo calliper. The motorcycle will also be equipped with the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP) system that includes ABS and traction control.

 

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THE UNVEILING OF THE NEW MONSTER 1200 R: THE MOST POWERFUL DUCATI NAKED OF ALL TIME

Meet the Monster 1200 R, the most powerful and sophisticated new addition to the Monster family. The new
Monster 1200 R has been designed for all those who make sports performance their lifestyle and wish to
turn each ride into an adrenaline-packed experience without forgoing the essential, practical appeal of a
naked model.
Equipped with a 1200 cc Testastretta 11° DS “R” version twin-cylinder engine, the Monster 1200 R takes the
Ducati naked sports bike concept to the extreme. Compared to the Monster 1200 S engine, the twin-cylinder
“R” version delivers 10% more power and 5.5% more torque. Its 160 hp and 13.4 kgm (97 lb-ft) torque turn
the Monster 1200 R into a naked supersport bike able to show its true colours on a race track while making
the rider feel perfectly comfortable during daily commutes - thanks to a full-bodied, smooth delivery at low
and medium RPM.
The “R” spirit that inspired the new Monster 1200 is immediately recognisable in its completely redesigned,
compact, lightweight and high-slung tailpiece, seat and high-mounted plate holder. The bike set-up and
technical features are in line with the power rating of its “R” twin-cylinder engine. The latest naked model out
of the Ducati factory features a higher stance than the Monster 1200 S, for more extreme lean angles and to
make the most of the Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres. At the rear end, grip is guaranteed by the 200/55 x
ZR17 size tyres.
The Monster 1200 R is equipped with new suspensions and Öhlins steering damper, and separate rider and
passenger footpegs to enhance its racing-inspired riding experience. The new naked sports model by Ducati
is even lighter than the S version thanks to the new tailpiece, forged wheels, and carbon fibre components -
bringing the total dry weight down to 180 kg (397 lb).
The nose fairing, radiator trim with engraved “R” logo, and the two available colour schemes - Ducati Red
and Thrilling Black – give this bike the unmistakable, sophisticated, sport-inspired Ducati touch.
The Monster 1200 R is also equipped with the Ducati Safety Pack including the ABS and Ducati Traction
Control systems to enhance vehicle performance, optimise control and improve overall riding safety. This
package is managed by three different Riding Modes (Sport, Touring and Urban): three different Monster R
'souls' delivered by different settings of the power mode, the ABS and Traction Control systems.
Monster 1200 R
• Colours
1. Ducati Red with R livery, Ducati Red frame and Dark Chrome wheels
2. Thrilling Black with R livery, Dark Chrome frame and wheels
• Standard equipment highlights
o Testastretta 11° DS, 1198,4 cc, 160 hp “R” version engine
o Exhaust with pentagonal section twin silencers
o Euro 4 conformity
o Sport seat with model ID plate
o New design passenger seat cover
o Separate rider and passenger footpeg supports
o Billet machined footpegs
o Nose fairing
o Carbon fibre front fender
o 3-spoke forged wheels fitted with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres, 120/70 ZR17 at the front
and 200/55 x ZR17 at the rear
o New 48 mm adjustable diameter Öhlins forks
o New Öhlins adjustable shock absorber
o Öhlins adjustable steering dumper
o 3 Riding Modes
o Ducati Safety Pack (3-level ABS, 8-level DTC)
o Colour TFT instrumentation display
Design
The iconic Monster design of the tank blends with the sport-inspired, elegant lines of the rear, creating a
compact, lightweight assembly immediately evocative of high performance and power. The Monster 1200 R
has been substantially revised to make it visually compact, lightweight and high-slung. The single-piece rider
and passenger seat is shorter and thinner if viewed from the side, with a tapered, sharp-edged look in the
passenger section.
This motorcycle's higher stance features an increased gap between the tyre and seat assembly, making the
rear look more streamlined, further enhanced by the new design of the high-mounted aluminium plate
holder, fully exposing the 200/55 rear tyre; both the rear and the front tyres are mounted on 3-spoke,
Panigale R-inspired forged wheels.
The new, separate rider and passenger footpegs are unmistakably race-derived and create a more
streamlined side view - also enhanced by the new, oversized exhaust in line with Euro 4 standards and
perfectly integrated with the new rear design.
The finishing touches to the Monster 1200 R design can be seen in the nose fairing and the longitudinal
graphic pattern inspired by the iconic Ducati Corse stripe. The exclusive character of this model is reflected
in the painstaking care for detail: the radiator metal covers have a graphic "R" design obtained by sandblasting,
while the bi-material seat has contrasting seams and a metal plate bearing the name of the model.
Engine
The new Monster 1200 R is powered by the “R” version of the liquid-cooled 1.198,4 cc Testastretta 11° DS
engine with 4 valves per cylinder. The Monster 1200 engine version has been revised to increase its
efficiency to a maximum power of 160 hp (117.7 kW) at 9,250 rpm and a maximum torque of 13.4 kgm (97
lb-ft) at 7,750 rpm, whilst maintaining smooth delivery at low and medium RPM, typical of latest-generation
Testastretta 11° DS power units. The Monster 1200 R engine is in line with the Euro 4 pollution control
standards.
The Monster 1200 R's Testastretta 11° Dual Spark engine is equipped with a new 2-1-2 exhaust system with
58 mm diameter pipes and redesigned twin silencers. Although their routing has not been changed, the
exhaust pipes have a new cross-section with a diameter that's been increased by 8 mm to boost engine
efficiency which now breathes better thanks to a new throttle body. The original round design with 53mmdiameter
bodies featured on the Monster 1200 has been replaced in the new version by a larger, oval
section design with a 56mm equivalent diameter. A lower-height cylinder seal has made it possible to
increase the compression ratio from 12.5:1 to 13:1, improving combustion efficiency.
Compared to the twin-cylinder version powering the Monster 1200 S, the "thrust" of the “R” version remains
strong and vigorous beyond 7,000 rpm, adding extra power and torque throughout the rev range. A thrilling
experience on track, where all the potential of this engine unravels for maximum excitement as the rider
long-shifts through the gears all the way up to 10,200 rpm. During road use, at lower RPM, delivery is
consistently smooth and responsive to throttle opening, with 75% of the torque already available at 3,500
rpm.
The Monster has a wet clutch with ‘slipper’ function actuated by a Brembo master cylinder. Thanks to its
progressive self-servo mechanism, it can be operated smoothly and progressively.
15,000 km (9,000 miles) or 12 month intervals are recommended between major services, with valve
clearance adjustment checks only required every 30,000 km (18,000 miles).
Frame
As with the rest of the Monster family, the signature Trellis frame remains a feature of the Monster 1200 R,
with attachment points directly on the cylinder heads, a race-derived solution pioneered by the Panigale for
the first time in the world of production motorcycles. Thanks to this configuration, the resulting frame is
highly compact and lightweight and, with large cross-section pipes, it offers massive torsional strength - a
characteristic which enhances the dynamic profile of the Monster 1200 R.
The rear sub-frame is also attached directly to the engine, creating a compact structure designed to support
the new passenger footpeg brackets - now a separate design from the rider's, to guarantee greater freedom
of movement for the best road and track sports riding experience.
The rider and passenger footpeg mountings are made of forged aluminium and support aluminium billetmachined
footrests with a surface pattern designed for enhanced boot grip during riding. The rider's
footpegs have aluminium heel guards in line with the sports character of the new Monster.
To ensure lean angles suitable for track use, the chassis set-up has been raised by 15 mm both at the front
and at the rear end, and the seating height has been adjusted to 830 mm (32,7 in) accordingly. The
‘ergonomics triangle’ has been preserved to ensure a natural riding position and improved control during
both road and track use and help the rider complete more laps with less effort.
Another major focus of attention was weight reduction. The new tailpiece, wheels, carbon fibre parts and the
new footpegs together made for a 2kg (4.4lb) weight saving - down to a total dry weight of 180kg (397lb). A
critical factor in weight saving was the use of forged wheels - making the Monster R even more agile in
tackling corners thanks to the reduction in unsprung weight and inertia.
Suspension
The high-tech suspension system features new, fully adjustable dia. 48 mm titanium nitride-coated Öhlins
forks with black-anodised bottoms and bodies and a fully adjustable Öhlins rear shock. Operating through a
progressive linkage, the rear suspension attaches directly from the rear vertical cylinder to the die-cast
aluminium single-sided swingarm at the opposite end. The Öhlins suspension package is completed by the
adjustable steering damper that controls handlebar movement under heavy acceleration and enhances the
sports inspiration of the instrument panel view.
Wheels and tyres
The Monster 1200 R features 3-spoke light alloy forged wheels inspired by the Panigale R design and is
fitted with Pirelli DIABLO™ Supercorsa SP tyres - 120/70 ZR17 at the front and 200/55 x ZR17 at the rear.
DIABLO™ Supercorsa SP is applied technology at its best: embodying all the experience and racing
expertise acquired by Pirelli as the sole supplier to the World Superbike Championship since 2004, this tyre
designed for road use can offer the ultimate racing experience, allowing the user uncompromised enjoyment
of a top-performance product both on the road and the racetrack. The structures and compounds of the
DIABLO™ Supercorsa SP, directly derived from WSBK competitions, optimise the performance ensured by
the tyre profiles. The 200/55 ZR17 rear tyre in particular has a carcass made from high-module fibre and a
bi-compound tread with polymers ensuring quicker tyre warm-up and constant grip in any riding condition.
The perfectly paired front and rear profiles ensure greater handling and agility. The bi-compound tread
pattern features long longitudinal grooves, expanding from the central profile area to the shoulder, ensuring
regular wear even in the harshest riding conditions. The distinctive element of the DIABLO™ line is a 'naked'
shoulder area, ideal for sports riding where maximum adhesion and constant grip are a must.
Braking system
The Monster 1200 R braking system is the very best of the Brembo production range and includes twin
radially-mounted M50 Monobloc callipers gripping 330 mm discs at the front - the same components that are
part of the equipment of the 1299 Panigale supersport model, actuated by a master cylinder with remote
reservoir. At the rear, the Monster 1200 R features one 245 mm disc gripped by a single Brembo calliper
with sintered friction material pads to improve efficiency. The braking system is controlled by the triple stage
ABS Bosch 9MP system - which can be disabled by the user.
Ducati Safety Pack (DSP)
The Monster 1200 R is equipped with the DSP (Ducati Safety Pack) system including the ABS and Ducati
Traction Control systems to enhance vehicle performance, optimise control and improve overall riding
safety. This package is managed by three different Riding Modes (Sport, Touring and Urban): three different
Monster R 'souls' given by different settings of the ABS and DTC (Ducati Traction Control) systems.
ABS
The Monster 1200 R standard equipment includes a Bosch ABS 9MP controlled Brembo braking system
with an integrated pressure sensor as part of the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP). The 3-level system provides
shorter stopping distances with enhanced stability in any riding condition by being fully integrated with the
Riding Modes. While level-1 of the system enables a sport-oriented ABS intervention with no rear lift
prevention, level-2 delivers the same intervention with rear lift prevention activated. Level-3 provides
outstanding braking stability and rear lift prevention. The ABS action can be disabled in any Riding Mode
and will not be reactivated upon the next Key-On.
Ducati Traction Control (DTC)
The DTC (Ducati Traction Control) is able to detect and control rear wheel-spin, considerably increasing the
bike’s active safety and performance. The Monster 1200 R uses the very latest DTC software, optimised to
guarantee seamless response to ignition advance only. The system offers eight ‘sensitivity profiles’, each set
to offer a level of rear wheel-spin tolerance in line with progressive levels of riding skills, classified from one
to eight. Level one is programmed to offer the least amount of interaction while level eight uses the highest
degree of interaction. DTC levels are factory pre-set in each of the three Riding Modes, but can be
individually customised and saved to suit the rider's characteristics by accessing the set-up menu within
each mode. The DTC action can be disabled in any Riding Mode and will not be reactivated upon the next
Key-On.
Ducati Riding Modes
The Ducati Riding Modes offer different factory settings designed to optimise vehicle behaviour according to
riding styles and environmental conditions. The Monster 1200 R comes equipped with three Riding Modes
(Sport, Touring and Urban) - each programmed to adjust the Ride-by-Wire (RbW) engine control system and
the ABS and DTC intervention levels. The modes are made possible by combining a number of classleading
technologies. If the Riding Modes can be changed while riding, the customised setting of ABS and
DTC can only be changed when the bike is stationary with the throttle closed.
Sport
The Sport Riding Mode provides 160 hp (117,7 kW), delivered with direct Ride-by-Wire throttle response,
reduced DTC system intervention (level 3) and ABS high braking performance (level 1) with no lift
prevention.
Touring
The Touring Riding Mode provides 160 hp (117,7 kW), delivered with a more progressive Ride-by-Wire
throttle response, increased DTC system intervention (level 4) and ABS-controlled lift prevention (level 2).
Urban
The Urban Riding Mode provides 100 hp (73,5 kW), delivered with a progressive Ride-by-Wire throttle
response, further increased DTC system intervention (level 6) and ABS ensuring maximum braking stability
and lift prevention (level 3).
Thin Film Transistor (TFT) colour instrumentation
The Monster 1200 R dashboard has a latest-generation TFT colour display. The display has three different
layouts, named Core, Full and Track, each designed to display information suitable for different uses, now
with a selected gear indication in each display screen.
In the Urban Riding Mode the display adopts the Core layout, offering the bare minimum of information in
line with urban use. The vehicle speed becomes the most obviously visible piece of information at the centre
of the screen, with indication of the gear selected on the right.
In the Touring Riding Mode the display changes completely to the Full layout, delivering the maximum
amount of information required during a longer trip.
In the Sport Riding Mode the display switches to the Track layout, offering only the information required
when sports riding. The graphic rev-counter recalibrates itself according to a Superbike-derived layout.
The Monster 1200 R TFT screen is customisable and the user can choose a preferred display, regardless of
the selected Riding Mode.
Lighting
The Monster 1200 R's headlamp unit uses halogen main light illumination with LED position lights on either
side and full LED lighting for the beautifully shaped rear and brake light illumination. LED technology is also
used for the directional indicators which also sport a hazard light function, activated by holding the left-turn
signal button for four seconds.


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