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2012 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO First Ride Photo Gallery

Ducati's iconic Monster has been a favorite of our staff since it first hit the scene almost two decades ago. Does the latest version hold up to our expectations as a super cool standard? Check out the full report in our 2012 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO First Ride.

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The 2012 Monster 1100 EVO features Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tires.
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Peaking at just over 8000 rpm, the Monster 1100EVO focuses most of its grunt down low.
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With a 64-degree steering angle the 1100 is very agile and perfect for maneuvering around traffic.
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Ducati's latest Monster left our tester pleased by its overall performance around town.
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The Duc features a rather tall gearbox that takes some getting use to.
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While the 1100EVO felt at home on backroads, it became less stable at highway speeds.
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A lot of vibration can be felt at highway speeds through the handlebars, seat and footpegs.
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Steering on the 1100 is very precise and requires minimal effort on the part of the rider.
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2012 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO First Ride
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On mountain roads the Duc's suspension provided just the needed cushion and feel.
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The bike is equipped with 43mm Marzocchi inverted forks and a Sachs rear shock that has pre-load and rebound adjustment.
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2012 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO First Ride
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2012 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO First Ride
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The 2012 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO hits showroom floors with a pricetag of $11,995.
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The 2012 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO comes with an air-cooled, two-valve Twin engine.
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2012 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO First Ride
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Brembo braking components on the Monster have good feel and provide excellent stopping power.
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2012 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO First Ride
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Its quick handling is a joy and one of the bike's best attributes.
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2012 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO First Ride
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The torque curve on the 1100 EVO is fairly flat before it peaks at 5900 RPM.