Few manufacturers offer up as much performance and aesthetic appeal as Ducati’s latest Monster, the S2R. Check out what we thought about this bike in our 2005 Ducati S2R Bike Test.
- The S2R offers usable power and torque throughout its powerband.
- You'll be riding until sundown thanks to the S2R's comfy ergos and fun-to-ride demeanor.
- The S2R looks stunning even without a brilliant photographer shooting it amid the bright lights of Jacksonville, OR.
- Ducati fits the S2R with mid-grade suspension components to keep down costs, but they are surprisingly compliant and do a respectable job of controlling wheel motion.
- B.C. was only too happy to rip off one stand-up wheelie after another during our photo shoot of the S2R.
- While the S2R doesn't have overwhelming power, it has more than enough pop to carve up the canyon and mountain roads.
- For taller pilots, riding the S2R is a breeze, but Duke would like to see a few adjustments - like a slight repostioning of the handlebars - to accomodate shorter riders.
- The 803cc, two-valve 90-degree V-Twin engine may not offer the brute strength of the S4R, but should prove to be more than enough to satisfy most pilots.
- The S2R isn't the quickest steering naked bike, but with the use of a little muscle through its MX-inspired handlebar, this Duc does just fine on twisty roads.
- A short wheelbase and ample torque make the S2R a hooligan in waiting.
- That's B.C. giving the S2R the official MCUSA sign of approval.
- The S2R control panel was okay, but a speedometer that goes up to 160 mph? Makes it a little harder to glance down and check your actual mortal-world speed.
- Southern Oregon may not be Tuscany, but we do have some nice vineyards to make the Italian machine feel right at home.