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Ducati Monster


As a stable seller in the Italian manufacturer’s line, the Ducati Monster has always helped keep Ducati afloat on several occasions in difficult times. First launched in 1993, the original Ducati Monster spawned numbers of different models and sizes.

Designed by Miguel Angel Galluzzi, the Monster is a naked-style bike defined by its sporting appearance with fully exposed engine and frame. All bikes feature Ducati’s trademark L-Twin, or 90-degree V-Twin engine in a host of sizes. The first generation was made up of air-cooled engines available in 600cc, 750cc and 900cc sizes, called the M600, M750 and M900. All bikes were carbureted and featured almost identical looks, just varying engine sizes.
Ducati Monster
The 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.

The Ducati Monster line remained nearly the same throughout the ‘90s. It wasn’t until 2000 that any of the Monster models saw major changes, with fuel injection introduced to the Monster range, first to the M900. In 2001 the Ducati Monster S4 was unveiled, which for the first time put a liquid-cooled Superbike engine in their naked platform. Several variations of liquid-cooled Monsters followed, including the limited edited S4R and S4RS Testastretta models. These were highlighted with Ohilns suspension and higher performance Superbike engines, both produced in limited numbers.

Big Ducati Monster news in 2007 was the release of the Monster 696, making for an all-new and totally restyled entry-level Ducati Monster, one which was extremely successful at bringing in potential new Ducati owners as well as women due to its size and low price point. Following this was the launch of the Monster 1100 in 2008, which is based on the same updated styling of the 696 but with a much larger engine and single-sided swingarm, among other things. This marked the first major overhaul for the Ducati Monster since its inception and rounds out the current line, which is made up by the Monster 696, Monster 1100 and tricked-out Monster 1100S, which features Ohlins suspension and limited-edition colors.

Currently Monster sales account for over half of Ducati’s worldwide sales, this for a company known almost entirely for their racing heritage and their Superbike lineup.

Ducati Monster Motorcycle Reviews
2012 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO First Ride
Monday, August 29, 2011
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? We put the 2012 Monster 1100 EVO to the test to find out.
2011 Ducati Monster 796 Comparison Review
Monday, November 15, 2010
The Ducati Monster 796 squares off against the Aprilia Shiver 750 in this motorcycle comparison review.
2011 Ducati Monster 796 First Ride
Monday, July 12, 2010
We test ride the 2011 Ducati Monster 796, an all-new motorcycle that slots in between the existing Monster 696 and 1100 street bikes.
2009 Ducati Monster 696 Comparison
Monday, February 09, 2009
Follow along as MotoUSA puts two of Italy's newest street bikes against each other to find out which one is best for the 2009 Aprilia Shiver vs. Ducati Monster 696 comparison.
2009 Ducati Monster 1100 First Ride
Monday, October 20, 2008
Climb on while we sample Ducati's new 2009 Monster 1100 in the south of France, arguably one of the most beautiful places on earth...
2008 Ducati Monster 696 First Ride
Monday, April 07, 2008
Ducati owes much to the popularity of the Monster lineup and we test the all-new Monster 696 at the Spanish press launch. Check out the first worldwide press evaluation right here!
2007 Ducati Monster S4RS Comparison
Monday, October 15, 2007
MotorcycleUSA takes the latest batch of nakeds and tossed them together - relax its nothing dirty, just our '07 Streetfighter Comparo.
2005 Ducati S2R
Monday, August 15, 2005
Few manufacturers offer up as much performance and aesthetic appeal as Ducati's latest Monster, the S2R.
2003 Ducati Monster 1000S Comparison
Friday, June 27, 2003
Naked street bikes are all the rage, but which was is the best bang for your buck?
Ducati Monster Project Bikes
2011 Ducati Monster 796 Project Part 2
Friday, April 22, 2011
For the second part of our Project Ducati Monster 796, Motorcycle USA wanted to continue to test the bikes feasibility as an entry level bike by taking the MSF RiderCourse and adding a few upgrades.
2011 Ducati Monster 796 Project Bike Part I
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Does the sleek looking Monster 796 make for a friendly entry-level mount? Check out our first installment of this Ducati Monster project bike to find out.
Ducati Monster First Looks
2011 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO First Look
Monday, November 01, 2010
The Diavel gets a lot of attention, but Ducati’s Monster lineup gets a revision at EICMA too – with the Italian firm unleashing the Monster 1100 EVO.
2011 Ducati Monster 796 First Look
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Ducati just released photos and technical specifications of its first 2011 model: The new Monster 796. Check out the First Look here.
2009 Ducati Monster 1100 First Look
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Ducati reveals the newest addition to the Monster lineup with its 2009 Monster 1100, powered by the same 1100cc Twin as the Hypermotard.
2008 Ducati Monster 696 First Look
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Sharing the stage with two new Superbikes, the 696 Monster makes its world debut at the EICMA show in Milan.
Ducati Monster News
Ducati Reveals Diesel-branded Monster
Friday, March 16, 2012
Ducati Monster Diesel-two iconic brands, one brave passion!
New Ducati Monster 795 for Asian Market
Friday, October 21, 2011
Ducati launches another Monster aimed specifically for the Asian market with its Monster 795.
New Ducati Monster for Sepang MotoGP
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Ducati is set to unveil something about its Monster lineup at the Sepang GP. What will the new Monster be?
Ducati Monster 1100EVO Showroom Premiere
Monday, May 23, 2011
Ducati North America is excited to announce the showroom premiere of the much-anticipated Monster 1100EVO, which will take place May 27-28.
2011 Ducati Customized Monster Competition
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Ducati North America invites Ducati owners to compete in the 2011 Monster challenge customization competition for a chance to win a dream Ducati experience to Bologna, Italy.
Ducati Reveals Rossi-Themed Monsters
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Ducati starts cashing in on its biggest off-season acquisition, revealing the first Ducati models to be branded by The Doctor, Valentino Rossi.
Ducati Reveals 2012 Monster 1100EVO in U.S.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Ducati recently unveiled the 2012 Monster 1100EVO to the U.S. market at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in New York.
Ducati Announces Second Skin Promotion
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Ducati North America will be offering free Monster Art Body Kits on purchases of new Ducati Monster 1100 and 1100 S models through June 30th.
Ducati Conducting Monster Art Club Contest
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Ducati is challenging Monster owners to express their creativity using their Ducati Monsters as a canvas in the Monster Art Club Contest.
Ducati Mega Monster Rumored
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Could there be a new Mega Monster on the horizon? How about an adventuring Duc to rival the BMW GS? Just two of the Italian rumors from our Euro Gossip writer’s online pen.
09 Ducati Monster 1100S in US Showrooms
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Ducati North America is proud to announce the imminent arrival of the 2009 Monster 1100 S in US showrooms, and exciting celebrations surrounding the big-bore Monster’s arrival.
Ducati Wants Coolest Monster 1100S
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Ducati North America is pleased to announce a customization contest as part of the forthcoming Ducati Monster 1100 S showroom premiere.
Freescale and Synerject Power Monster 696
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Freescale and Synerject power new Ducati Monster 696 for fast-track motorcycle performance.
Ducati Monster Dealerships