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2009 Ducati Monster 1100 First Look

Thursday, September 25, 2008
2009 Ducati Monster 1100
The new Monster 1100 is almost a dead ringer for its smaller sibling, the Monster 696, except for the cleaned up rear courtesy of the single-sided swingarm.
Ducati signaled its intentions of revamping the popular Monster lineup when it introduced the 696 during last year's EICMA Milan bike show. Now the Italian firm is unveiling the facelift of its larger beast, the Monster 1100.

Powered by an air-cooled 1100cc two-valve twin, like its Hypermotard cousin, the new Monster 1100 will also be available in a standard and "S" version (utilizing Ohlins suspension). Power claims are 95 horsepwer and 79.5 lb-ft torque. In the styling department, the new Monster takes obvious cues from its smaller-displacement sibling, including the distinctive exhaust configuration.

The Monster 1100 will make its official public debut at the INTERMOT fair in Cologne (where Motorcycle USA will be on the scene). We're also slated to get a taste of the new Duc at the upcoming press intro. So stay tuned! Until then, enjoy these photos and press release courtesy of Ducati.

Ducati Monster 1100: Absolute Monster

The arrival of the new 1100 and 1100 S now increases the size of the Monster family, a family that redefines the naked motorcycle and stakes its claim as the new icon of Italian excellence.

The 'less-is-more' philosophy behind all Monsters underlines Ducati's never-ending pursuit of genuinely compact, high performance motorcycles, but these new models have succeeded in being even more 'pared down' than their predecessors. The Monster 1100 weighs 169kg (168kg for the S version), making it by far the lightest bike in its category.
2009 Ducati Monster 1100
The 2009 Monster 1100 is set to make its public debut at the Cologne INTERMOT show in October.

The new Monster 1100 design perfectly balances sports performance, riding pleasure and stunning looks. With its new single-sided aluminium swingarm, high level of componentry, race-oriented chassis and 15 years of evolution, the Monster 1100 now takes its place at the head of the Monster family.

The Monster 1100 S is a pure concentrate of lightness, power, design and exclusivity. The 'S' features fully adjustable 43mm titanium nitride coated Ohlins forks and progressive Ohlins rear shock absorber with adjustable pre-load and return damping. Carbon fibre cam belt covers, silencer guards and front fender reduce weight by a further 1kg (2.2lb). The distinctive racing gold coloured 5-spoke wheels of the Monster 1100 S give it an elegant style and the same sporting look as historical Ducati racing models.

Both versions of the new Monster 1100, already come factory-personalized with removable single seat covers and neat micro-bikini fairings, are powered by the charismatic two-valve 1100cc Desmodromic twin-cylinder engine that boasts a 98mm bore and a 71.5mm stroke, delivering 95hp at 7500rpm and an impressive torque of 10.5kgm (79.5lb-ft) at 6000rpm.

The first public appearance for the Monster 1100 will be at the International Motorcycle Show in Cologne (INTERMOT - Hall 8) starting form the 8th October.

Colour schemes
Model Fuel tank Frame Wheels
1100 Red Red Silver
1100 Silver Red Silver
1100 Gloss black Matte black Silver
1100 S Red Red Racing Gold
1100 S Pearl White Matte black Racing Gold
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Steve -Torque  April 27, 2009 11:20 AM
Your torque numbers are off. 10.5kg-m = 75.9lb-ft Thanks for the intro write-up, tho', and your ride report linked above.
MCUSA Staff -Ducati 1100S Test  January 13, 2009 03:56 PM
Ben, you can check out our First Ride impressions at http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/103/972/Motorcycle-Article/2009-Ducati-Monster-1100-First-Ride.aspx
Rick -First Look  January 13, 2009 03:47 PM
Because it's not a review... It's a First Look, meaning "Hey guys, this just came out. Here's the details. We'll REVIEW it after we RIDE it."
Ben -Review  December 9, 2008 05:44 AM
Why is it so hard to right a real review?? This is just ANOTHER cut-and-paste of the Ducati press release... c'mon guys, at least try a little.
Erik -monster 1100  November 22, 2008 02:09 PM
Beautiful...an instant classic and the best looking bike since the 916 and m900. You could argue that it borrows from the Triumph, but then again the Triumph borrowed from the original Monster. This bike's got the mojo to wake up dormant motolust.
Sean -thanks  November 14, 2008 02:34 PM
I have ordered the 2009 Ducati Monster S1100 here in New Zealand and waiting for the phone call from the dealer as to when it's arrival. I have studied this bike as best I can through the specs but I am really greatfull to have found this article. A real review finally, thanks ;)
sabada -new duck  November 10, 2008 11:43 PM
very nice.wow.groovy.
Craig -gold broker  November 3, 2008 04:26 PM
Saw the bike @ the Cycle World Int. Motorcycle Show Nov 2. Silver, the red trellis frame makes the bike pop. I went down hoping to ride one...unfortunately that didn't happen. I'll have to go on moto journalist opinion for now. The bike looks good and felt good sitting on it. "A slightly higher rise in the handlebar would suit me just fine." Otherwise, its' a bike on my want list. Price point seems reasonable. Again, the ride would tell all.
Jason -Neat  September 29, 2008 04:19 PM
Don -Cool Bike  September 29, 2008 01:51 PM
That thing is awesome!