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2014 Ducati Monster 1200S Comparison Photo Gallery
The cockpit of the Ducati is signature Monster with a low seat, racy rider foot pegs and a giant, forward-mounted handlebar.
See how the new Monster 1200S fared against KTM's big-bore Naked Twin in the 2014 Ducati Monster 1200S Comparison. Read the full review in the
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The Monster 1200 feels longer and lower than the Super Duke. It hugs the pavement well and we love the road feel from its Ohilns fork.
The Ohlins soaks up bumps well but requires some fine-tuning to get it calmed down enough to handle properly on the street.
The Monster sports larger 330mm discs with the same spec M50 Brembo calipers as the KTM. However the Ducati’s ABS system proved more effective at reducing stopping distance.
Our test rider, Jason Abbott felt more comfortable aboard the Monster with it giving a more forgiving ride than the hyperactive Super Duke.
Although the Monster 1200’s L-Twin lacks the outright muscle of the KTM we actually preferred its smoother and more direct feel. Covered in plastic, it doesn’t look as elegant as the Super Duke’s Twin.
The 2014 Ducati Monster 1200 S costs $15,999—with Ohlins suspension. That’s $1000 less than the WP-equipped Super Duke R.
The Monster’s rider seat is two inches lower than the KTM. Padding and support-wise it is equally as cozy as the Duke’s.
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