Ducati created a new minimalist-bike niche when it released the 900 Monster prototype back in 1992, and it considers the Monster family of bikes to be their Italian ambassadors to the motorcycle world.
Marketed as a bare-bones-basic bike, there is plenty of room for customization, so the Monster family is uniform only in its diversity. Ducati continues this tradition with the release of the 2015 Monster S2R, which could be called a little brother to the aggressive and powerful Monster S4R. The S2R shares the same frame geometry that you get on the S4R with many of the same superbike-inspired components, but Ducati tamed it a bit by opting for a smaller, air-cooled engine. This reduction in power while retaining the agile handling of the S4R makes this an ideal entry-level superbike, just without quite as much “super” as its looks suggest.