Ducati’s Diavel takes center stage at Milan, but the Bolognese firm also revealed upgrades to its large Monster. The 2011 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO is lighter and more powerful, now featuring standard ABS and Ducati Traction Control (DTC).
The latest EVO to join the Ducati line, the new Monster 1100 EVO wrings extra horsepower out of the air-cooled L-Twin. The Desmodue Evolusione Twin still features the same internal architecture, with a 98mm bore, 71.5mm stroke and 1078cc displacement. The two-valve Desmodromic cylinder head changes, however, with more aggressive cam profiles increasing valve lift. The shape of the inlet ports and combustion chamber have also been altered with new pistons as well. The revisions bump compression up to 11.3:1 (from 10.7:1). It also adds five extra horsepower, with its 100 hp claim notable as the first two-valve Ducati to reach 100 ponies.
If the new 2-1-2 exhaust system looks familiar, it’s from reading our Ducati Diavel first look article, as the aluminum silencers look identical (albeit with a different cap). Routing of the new exhaust is strikingly different from last year’s undertail system, with both headers curving to the right side of the bike before exiting out the stacked aluminum mufflers.
Perhaps the biggest change to the Monster 1000 EVO is the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP), which comes as standard kit. The DSP consists of ABS and Ducati’s production traction control system which made its debut on the Superbike line but is filtering down to the street lineup. The DTC is available for the first time on a Monster with the 1100 EVO. The Ducati Data Analyser (DDA) system is available as an accessory.
New 10-spoke wheels replace the five-spoke units on the 2010 models, with Pirelli Diablo Rosso remaining the OE tire. Brembo binders now come with ABS as standard, available as an option on previous models. The front stoppers are dual 320mm rotors clamped by radial-mount, four-piston Brembo calipers. The rear is a single 245mm disc and two-piston caliper.
Suspension up front comes via a 43mm, fully adjustable Marzocchi fork, with last year’s units sourcing a Showa fork in the base model and Ohlins unit in the S model. A Sachs monoshock returns for rear suspension duties, adjustable for preload and rebound.
Dry weight is 373 pounds (claimed). This is identical to the previous standard version, but comparable updates, like the ABS, bumped the 2010 models weight claim up by five pounds.