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2014 Ducati Monster 1200S First Ride Photo Gallery

Check out photos of the latest Monster update in the 2014 Ducati Monster 1200S First Ride photo gallery. Read the full review in the 2014 Ducati Monster 1200S First Ride.

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The standard Monster 1200 now produces 135 horsepower and 87 lb-ft of torque. The S model that we had the opportunity to test on the volcanic island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands gets an additional 10hp and 5 lb-ft more torque.
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The heart of the 2014 Monster 1200S is the Testastretta 11 engine that is based on the mill that resides in the Multistrada 1200.
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It was a forgone conclusion that the new 1198cc motor would obliterate the outgoing Desmodue two-valve Twin, but not only does the 2014 Monster 1200S have more power it is smoother and easier to ride at any speed.
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Tenerife’s roads vary wildly from pristine asphalt to sections of tarmac that are chock-full of potholes and cracks. Even so, the Monster 1200S handled every bit with poise.
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On the smooth sections the suspension settings were spot on with a stiff feel that translated what the front and rear tire were doing exceptionally. When the road was at its worst the Ducati soaked up the imperfections with surprising stability, but the ride is undeniably taut.
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Right off the first crack of the throttle the Monster 1200S pulls like no monster ever has.
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Along with the new engine comes the latest Ducati Safety Pack (DSP) that includes an eight-level Ducati Traction Control (DTC), three-level ABS and three riding modes.
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A Sachs unit with preload and rebound adjustability soaks up bumps out back.
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The Brembo M50 Monbloc calipers, 16mm radial front master cylinder and 330mm front discs are taken straight off the 1199 Panigale.
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Toggling through the three modes is simple and not only changes the power character, ABS, and DTC settings but the TFT gauge display changes for each mode as well. It’s a cool feature that lets you know what mode you are in with just a glance.
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The adjustable-height seat is generously padded and is all-day comfortable.
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Some of the things that made a Monster a Monster (light weight, simplicity) may have gone by the wayside with the 1200S, but in the first quarter-mile it was obvious that the rip-snorting character the Monster is known and loved for has not been lost.
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The 2014 Ducati Monster 1200S in action.