In addition to the entry-level 797 Monster, Ducati has brought in a refreshed version of the Monster 1200 in two trims – Standard and S. The changes done in the Monster 1200 include an updated styling as well as a more powerful Testastretta 11° DS engine which now produces 15PS more in the regular and 5PS more in the S version when compared to the previous iterations.
The styling changes that the 2017 Ducati Monster 1200 gets is an all-new headlight, redesigned sleeker fuel tank and a new tail section, while the 1200S features daytime running lamps as well. Also, the supporting for the instrument cluster is now placed on the handlebar risers. Ducati has also changed the position of the indicators from that of the headlight to now underneath the top yoke. Another change on the new Ducati Monster is an all-new swingarm with a more compact 1,485mm wheelbase. Even with the new changes, Ducati has managed to make the Monster resemble the original machine designed by Miguel Angel Galluzzi in 1993.
Powering the 2017 Ducati Monster 1200 is a Euro-IV compliant liquid-cooled, 1,198cc motor that makes 150PS of power at 9,250rpm and generates a torque of 126.2Nm at 7,750rpm.
The 2017 Ducati Monster 1200 comes equipped with three riding modes – Sport, Touring and Urban. It also comes with Inertial Measurement Unit that takes input from the Bosch Cornering ABS. In addition, it features Ducati Wheelie Control which is also seen on the 1299 Panigale S. This system controls front wheel lift while offering maximum acceleration safely.
In the front, the 1200 features a fully adjustable 43mm Kayaba forks while the rear makes use of a Sachs shock absorber with spring pre-load and rebound damping adjustment. While the 1200S is offered with a 48mm fully adjustable Ohlins forks in the front and a fully adjustable Ohlins shock absorber in the rear. Both the Monster 1200 and the 1200S get Pirelli Diablo Rosso III dual-compound tyres, 120/70 at the front and 190/55 at the rear.
We expect Ducati to launch the updated Monster 1200 range sometime next year in India. Presently, it is priced between Rs 21-26 lakh, ex-showroom.