Believe it or not, Ducati has launched a Diesel Monster 1100 EVO. Trust us though, it’s not what you think. When we say Diesel, we’re speaking of the Italian clothing brand that sponsors the Ducati Team in MotoGP and has also launched a Ducati apparel collection so that riders can look fashionable on their new bike.
The 2012 Ducati Monster 1100 Evo was launched alongside the apparel collection on March 15, 2012 at the Diesel store in Soho, New York City. Ducati calls the bike "urban military chic." The exclusive ’Diesel Brave Green matte’ paint on the tank and rear fairing delivers a rugged military vehicle feel, especially while set against the black that covers almost every other part. To pay homage to the bike’s racing heritage, the shock and the Brembo calipers are painted yellow. Expect this bike to set you back a cool $13,795.
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The name pretty much says it all as far as this Ducati super bike is concerned. The Monster 696 is a true beast of the open road, complete with a ’less-is-more’ philosophy that underlines Ducati’s never-ending pursuit of a genuinely compact, high performance motorcycle.
Every single component of the Monster 696 has been redesigned and redeveloped to adhere to the tried-and-tested adage of form following function. The Monster’s radical styling has also provided the inspiration for an entire after-market sector specializing in hot-rod parts for this legendary machine. For this reason, rarely do you see two Monsters the same.
In terms of performance, the Monster 696 is no slouch. It comes packed with a 696cc L-Twin cylinder, 2 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, air cooled engine that produces inane levels of power and torque numbers. To complement the unbridled rage of the Monster 696, Ducati put in an APTC ‘wet’ clutch that gives a ‘slipper’ type action, preventing destabilizing of the rear-end under aggressive down-shifting and also gives the extra benefit of a super-light feel at the lever, a great benefit in stop-start city traffic or during longer journeys. Meanwhile, the 21-plate oil-bath clutch (11 friction and 10 steel) represents a power-enhancing weight reduction over the ‘dry’ system as well as having a quieter operation and requiring less maintenance.
The new crankcases hug the gearbox internals much closer to create a smaller and more compact outer profile and achieve considerable weight savings over previous cases.
Find out more about the Ducati Monster 696 after the jump.
Ducati will be unveiling the 2012 Monster 1100 EVO at the New York International Motorcycle Show (IMS). This new model will be the new flagship for the air-cooled Monster family and sales will begin in the Summer 2011 at a price of $11,995.
The 2012 Ducati Monster 110 EVO is powered by a 100 HP Desmodue Evoluzione engine - the most powerful air cooled Ducati ever. The new 1100 EVO is offered with the new "Ducati Safety Pack", a simple and effective combination of adjustable Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and ABS brakes designed to aid rider safety. Also the new APTC wet clutch which ensures quiet operation and long life will be on the equipment list.
The new APTC wet clutch works with a race-like ‘slipper’ system which reduces the destabilizing effect of the rear-end under aggressive down-shifting, and compared with other wet clutch used so far by Ducati, features an additional cush-drive damper mechanism which smoothes the repeated transition from drive to over-run during stop-start traffic.
Take a look at Ducati’s video showing how easy owners can change the color of their Monster 696s with only a screwdriver and different body panels and front fender. These lasts are all part of a special kit that Ducati offers for the middleweight Monster only and there are 13 different colors available. Color therapy indeed.
Ducati has just introduced their 2010 Monster 796 and together with it a second episode of the Monster Art project. Called “Logomania”, this episode pays tribute to famous Ducati logos and colour schemes from the brand’s early days.
Ducati seems to know just how important it is for Monster owners to make a bike really theirs, so while last year they offered the posibility for riders to totally change the visual of their bikes with clip-on tanks, tail-pieces, fenders and bikini fairings, the Bologna company now makes sure everybody enjoys a factory customized model just like they would have ordered it to a custom painter themselves.
The whole idea behind the all-new Ducati Monster 796 is to increase the profit of the Monster lineup and the second Monster Art episode is just another way to help themselves achieve that. What’s best, owners love it. Click past the break for the Ducati Monster Logomania video as well as the list of color schemes available.
Ducati has just confirmed rumors related to the introduction of an all-new Italian naked by adding the Monster 796 to their 2010 model lineup. The big news follows Ducati’s poor Monster 1100 sells as the biggest Monster of them all gets close to the race-spec Streetfighter’s pricing range. Also taking in consideration the fact that the Monster 696 doesn’t have enough juice to keep the good stuff coming for more experienced riders, the need was felt for a middle solution, NOT a new middleweight model. So here it is.
The new bike came to life after Ducati combined the chassis of the big Monster with the 2010 Hypermotard 796 engine. We must say the Borgo Panigale manufacturer has great expectations from their in-between solution, which they claim being "the perfect synthesis between sports performances, aesthetics and daily riving pleasure."
While we cannot contradict them in any way, we’ll just have to let the numbers speak for themselves: 87hp and 58 lb-ft of torque coming from the 803cc, two-valve, air-cooled twin, all while weighing in at a 369 lbs dry. Optional ABS will add 4 lbs to the standard weight figure. Bodywork colors available for when the bike is supposed to hit Europe’s dealerships this April are Ducati Red, Arctic White, or Diamond Black Silk, all with the red frame and black wheels. Considering the €8990 European pricing, the 2010 Ducati Monster 796 shouldn’t start at more than $10K in the United States.
This new Duck has gone from rumor to fact in a very short time and it is all thanks to Ducati’s variety of “donor bikes” that helped put it together. This means little investment for the Italian company and more profit, definitely the theoretical way to rise up overall sales of the Monster lineup. Factual, we’ll just have to wait and see. Hit the jump for the official video and full specs.
Update: Press Release is also attached after the jump.
Ducati launched the new Monster 1100 and the 1100S version in a smart move that increased the Monster lineup to three members (if you count the Monster 696), each one offering a new kind of excitement. This was the first out of ten new models that Ducati announced to launch until 2010.
The TopSpeed team counts more than a few Ducati fans and we simply couldn’t abstain ourselves from seeing what the big Monsters are up to this year. Check them out.
Ducati can say they’ve introduced their latest generation middleweight Monster with the 696 not more than a year ago, but there are always founds ways to upgrade the nimble Italian legend and for 2010 they offer optional ABS. So it was about time to reconnect with the Monster’s versatile character in order to come up with a report and the fact that the 2010 model year is a very light and powerful naked only spices things up a little bit.
Retaining the very essence of a Monster, the 696 blends beauty with comfort and practicability. The result is an overall better performing and more attractive looking Italian naked with a famous name that is better than any possible commercial.
We often hear people saying that, looked from above, the Ducati Monster has the general shape of a woman. Although, we didn’t go the whole way with the investigation, de decided to add a few “interesting” photos so that you can make your own and best idea about the bike and that possible resemblance with the shape of the sinuous woman body.
To be honest, this is no more or less than a reason to add these cool sexy pics, so enjoy the photo gallery!
Although you might laugh, this motorcycle crash video (caught by the security camera) isn’t entirely funny. It shows a man riding his Ducati Monster and apparently attempting to perform a stoppie. His attempt is unsuccessful and he ends up smashing into not so bone-friendly security gates.
We feel sorry for his idiocy and hope he didn’t suffer sever injury!